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Reflections on Biography [Kindle Edition]

Paula R. Backscheider

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Reflections on Biography is intended for all readers of biography--lifelong or occasional, critical or casual--and is written by an award-winning biographer, Paula R. Backscheider. The author examines biography from many angles and gives a tour of the decisions biographers make and some of the implications of those choices. Its aim is to increase the pleasure of reading biographies, to add new, enjoyable dimensions even as it increases readers' insights into the art of writing them. The book concludes with observations about the form's future directions and challenges. In this second edition, Backscheider provides a new Introduction that describes innovative forms of biography and new theoretical directions.

The Kindle edition of Reflections on Biography does not contain an index. Although it is electronically searchable, the Index is available for your convenience at

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"A vivid and well-researched study useful to both scholars and readers of biography." --Choice"[Backsheider's] book will be blessed by generations of biographers and historians to come, not only because Backscheider makes the rough places plainer, but because she celebrates the biographer's art as at once compelling, horribly difficult and significant."--London Review of Books"Encourages both critical and casual readers of biography to examine biography from many angles, and gives a tour of the decisions biographers make and the implications of those choices. Among biographies given special attention are prize-winning lives of writers, intellectual women, the Roosevelts, and unusual marriage partners."--Book News"[A] fine book.... Beautifully written...full of lively examples.... Backscheider seems to have read every biography worthy reading. More pleasurably, she has the sort of eye for a telling detail or the choice anecdote that a good biographer has.... Backscheider triumphantly demonstrates over and over again that many of the newer questions have been alive all along in the old biographies, while the newer ones continue like no other genre to engage educated individual readers as narratives about both themselves and their culture."--English Literature in Transition 1880-1920

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 951 KB
  • Print Length: 430 pages
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars for people who like to read biography 17 Nov. 2013
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This book is interesting, well written, scholarly without being tedious. Great book for someone like me who likes to read biographies and will now understand them more deeply.
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