Lives for Sale: Biographers' Tales
Bloomsbury Academic, Oct 12, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 220 pages
Biography is well recognised as a peculiarly British vice. This new anthology is a collection of essays by some of the best biographers now writing in Britain. They tell of the ups and downs of life writing: of problems with families and friends of their subjects, of shocking new discoveries, and of bitter professional rivalries. Essays in favour of biography, others that describe disenchantment with an attempt to capture another human being in the pages of a book.
Published in the autumn of 2004 - to coincide with the appearance of the most important British publishing enterprise of the new century to date, the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - Lives For Sale is full of amusing anecdotes and fascinating experiences retold by some of the masters of the form, including Michael Holroyd, Fiona MacCarthy, Graham Robb, Andrew Roberts, Hermione Lee, Margaret Forster, Jenny Uglow, Antonia Fraser, as well as contributions from the rising generation, and an essay by Beryl Bainbridge on 'Waiting for the Biographer'.
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Lives for sale: biographers' talesUser Review - Book Verdict
Libraries are full of biographies, yet all those life histories have to be researched and written. A biographer himself, Bostridge (Vera Brittain: A Life ) has collected essays from 33 biographers that address the challenges and triumphs of the biographer. While there are certainly varying points of view set forth, there are some distinctly common themes here, most notably the difficulty in finding accurate source material, accounting for the less interesting years in a subject's life, conjuring feelings of kinship with one's subject, and, ultimately, attaining a new understanding or insight into the subject's motivations. Concerns for accuracy and detail seem to cut across all biographers' discussion of their work, and how they respond to this need is varied and will be of interest to those writers and historians looking to take up the art. The book's focus on British biographers and their mostly British subjects may reduce interest for general American libraries, but it will be useful in specialized biography and literature collections. A similar, yet distinctly more engaging viewpoint is offered in Gale E. Christianson's very subjective Writing Lives Is the Devil!: Essays of a Biographer at Work .--Eric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence
Review: Lives for Sale: Biographers' TalesUser Review - Bradford - Goodreads
A surprisingly entertaining collection of reflections about the genre of British literary biography in which inquisitive authors are always the hero of the story. Read full review
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Lives for Sale | Claire Harman
Lives for Sale: Biographers' Tales Edited by Mark Bostridge. lives for sale. My contribution to Mark Bostridge's Lives For Sale was the first time I'd been ...
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