Confessions of a Serial Biographer

Confessions of a Serial Biographer

by Carl Rollyson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476663258
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/11/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,289,752
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Carl Rollyson is a professor of journalism at Baruch College, City University of New York. He lives in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

Introduction: Resolutely Indiscreet 3

1 Richard Ellmann and the Advent of Ruthless Biography 7

2 Picking a Victim 12

3 Becoming a Biographer: Marilyn Monroe Made Me Do It 17

4 Hazarding Lillian Hellman: Discovering the Virtues of Fair Use 27

5 Martha and Me: The Promise and Peril of Unauthorized Biography 39

6 The Biographer Who Came In from the Cold: Becoming Rebecca West's Authorized Biographer 77

7 Susan Sontag: The Making of a Biography 102

8 Becoming Jill Craigie's Deauthorized Biographer and Michael Foot's Boswell 137

9 Intermission: From Picking a Victim to Pontificating on Subjects 185

10 Another Sylvia Plath Biography? 196

11 Biography, My Father, Dana Andrews and Me 203

12 Amy Lowell, the Silent Woman and the Biographical Deficit 208

13 Missed Connections 214

14 Work in Progress: William Faulkner 227

Index 239

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