Telling lives, the biographer's art

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New Republic Books, 1979 - Biography & Autobiography - 151 pages
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Biographer and Critic, Leon Edel was born September 9, 1907 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a professor at New York University and at the University of Hawaii. His five-volume biography of Henry James (1953-72) has been considered among the finest biographies by and about an American author. Two of the volumes won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1963. Edel has also edited James's plays and short fiction, as well as a four-volume edition of James's letters. Also notable is his group biography of Bloomsbury figures in A House of Lions (1979) and his edited editions of Edmund Wilson's journals. His title Wartime Memoir was published posthumously in 2001. Edel died on September 5, 1997.

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