Biography as High Adventure: Life-writers Speak on Their Art

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Stephen B. Oates
Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1986 - Biography & Autobiography - 146 pages
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This volume is concerned exclusively with biography as a narrative art, comprising essays by ten people who have actually practiced the form.
 

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In this volume ten distinguished biographers discuss the principles and practices of their craft. The literary biographersPaul Mariani (William Carlos Williams), Mark Schorer (Sinclair Lewis), and ... Read full review

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Contents

Biography as a Work of Art
3
The Figure under the Carpet
18
Walking the Boundaries
32
Biography as an Agent of Humanism
50
The Biographers Relationship with His Hero
65
The Real Life
70
The Burdens of Biography
77
Biography as a Prism of History
93
Reassembling the Dust
104
Biography as High Adventure
124
About the Biographers
139
Index
143
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About the author (1986)

Stephen B. Oates is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His books include Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln. Oates has been awarded numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Nevins-Freeman Award of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago for lifetime achievement in the field of Civil War studies.

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