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A higher form of cannibalism?; adventures in the art and politics of biography.


A higher form of cannibalism?; adventures in the art and politics of biography.

Rollyson, Carl.

Ivan R. Dee, Inc.


197 pages




Biography has been characterized as a blood sport, pathography, and "higher form of cannibalism" (Kipling). Rollyson, a member of the Biography Seminar at New York University and author of biographies of personalities including Marilyn Monroe and Susan Sontag, traces the shift in the cultural role of writers and the genre's slide in reputation from Boswell on Dr. Johnson to unauthorized biographies. He entertainingly offers insights into biographers' motivations, modus operandi, and legal hurtles.

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Date:Aug 1, 2006
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