Works On Paper: The Craft of Biography and Autobiography

Works On Paper: The Craft of Biography and Autobiography by Michael Holroyd

Title: Works On Paper: The Craft of Biography and Autobiography
Author: Michael Holroyd
ISBN10: 0349113963
ISBN13: 978-0349113968
Publisher: Abacus (November 6, 2003)
Language: English
Subcategory:
Biography: A Very Short Introduction

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Rating: 3.7/5
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Pages: 336 pages
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Works On Paper: The Craft of Biography and Autobiography by Michael Holroyd


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Michael Holroyd opens with a startling attack on biography, which is answered by two essays on the ethics and values of non-fiction writing. The book then examines the work of several contemporary biographers, the place of biography in fiction and of fiction in biography, and the revelations of some extravagant autobiographers, from Osbert Sitwell to Quentin Crisp - to which he adds some adventures of his own, in particular an important and unpublished piece THE MAKING OF GBS, a riveting story of deadly literary warfare. The book ends with a series of satires, celebrations, apologias and polemics which throw light not only on Michael Holroyd's progress as a biographer, but also his record as an embattled campaigner in the field of present-day literary politics.