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Are there any people out there writing biographies of obscure people?


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Posted on 29 Jan 2013, 07:19:54 GMT
eastern inferno. the last two years of a mans life fighting for germany on the eastern front in world war two

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Posted on 5 Feb 2013, 09:20:44 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 5 Feb 2013, 12:23:29 GMT
Hi Markus,

I love that movie with Robert Donat, a wonderful actor. I've seen it only once and never found a copy of it. Writing biographies of forgotten people is difficult, as you point out, because of the lack of source information. I just published a Kindle version of my book "Reminiscences of a Birdman," the story of Earle Lewis Ovington, this nation's first air mail pilot. I'm a collector of glass plate negatives and early photographica. Rarely do you find traceable information to identify people in these images. In 2000 I purchased a wooden crate of of over 300 glass plate negatives in paper envelopes that were stamped "Earle Lewis Ovington - M.I.T." When I researched the name I discovered he was an early aviator but little information. I did research at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and found correspondence from his descendents. I took a chance and sent a letter to one of the addresses and began a correspondence with the family that has lasted to this day. I spent the next nine years acquiring original source material in order to join the many puzzle pieces that eventually came together to form the picture of his life and discovered an amazing story that had never been told before. Ovington had worked for Thomas Edison, was friends with Nikola Tesla, was an early experimenter in x-ray technology, an entrepreneur, an early motorcycle racer, an inventor, and a pioneer aviator! And that is only part of what he achieved in his lifetime! He was the first person to use the term "airport" to designate a place where aeroplanes took off and landed. I had the privilege of interviewing his 92 year old son via telephone and another individual (now in his nineties) who, as a little boy, used to "hang out" at Ovington's air field in California. History that otherwise may have been lost has now been reclaimed and published!

Best regards,

Robert D. Campbell

Posted on 6 Feb 2013, 12:14:33 GMT
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I Readalot says:
How many negs do self-promo's have to get, how many times do Amazon have to delete posts and how many times in a single thread do people have to say - Amazon do NOT allow self promo except in the Meet our Authors Forum and suggest that these people read the Important Announcement from Amazon. Please have respect for other posters, many of whom are authors who respect the rules you are giving all SP authors a bad name and many of them do not deserve it.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Feb 2013, 12:57:35 GMT
Yes, I agree with your point I Readalot but the question asks who is writing about obscure people which is difficult to answer without saying who you are writing about.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2013, 19:50:12 GMT
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I Readalot says:
Basically this thread belongs in the MOA where self-promo is allowed not in the biography form where it is not. This thread was started in 2009 before the MOA was set up and it did 'die' until someone resurrected it for the purpose of self-promo.

Posted on 8 Feb 2013, 20:37:41 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2013, 22:23:31 GMT
Your "obscure biography thread" is safe - I will not be posting any future comments. I stumbled across the comments Markus had posted and thought I was sharing constructive information - my apologies for not more carefully studying the blogger's "rules for the road."

Best regards,

Robert D. Campbell

Posted on 23 Feb 2013, 01:51:59 GMT
Although I started this before the MOA was introduced, I think my original question still invites people to talk about books they have written and specifically how they went about discovering and researching these lives. Most recently I feel that Robert has done exactly this with his interesting account of how he researched the life of Earle Lewis Ovington. I am looking for interesting biographies about obscure people and thanks to this discussion over the years have encountered some wonderful biographies about amazing people I would otherwise never have known about without the author's input.

Markus

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2013, 19:37:31 GMT
I Readalot says:
Although now that the MOA has been introduced it might be a good idea to start a new discussion in that Forum, you will probably get more people joining in as many authors will not discuss their books outside the MOA now.

Posted on 27 Feb 2013, 16:31:40 GMT
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Posted on 28 Feb 2013, 18:48:51 GMT
Edith Maisie says:
I have just published a book called 'Ten Men' which documents the life and times of ten generations of men in my family. Each chapter gives a fascinating insight into everyday life in the Romney Marsh area of Kent where smuggling was rife. I think this book would be of interest to anyone who was looking for a biography of ordinary working men.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2013, 22:09:16 GMT
TomC says:
Please do not use these discussion forums to promote your own book. It is both unwelcome and against Amazon rules. From the "Important Announcement from Amazon":

"Starting on December 15, 2011, all "shameless self-promotion" activity will be limited to the `Meet Our Authors' community."

Put your spam in the "Meet Our Authors" forum. That's what it's for.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/forum/meet%20our%20authors

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2013, 10:59:37 GMT
This is totally silly! The title of the thread invites people to talk about their own books then we are told not to talk about our own books. Has the world gone mad?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2013, 13:00:49 GMT
Marand says:
The thread was started long before Amazon changed the rules about promotion in late 2011 - it should really be moved to the Meet our Authors forum where authors are allowed to promote their books. I am not sure why Amazon didn't do that as I think they did move other threads across.

Posted on 1 Mar 2013, 15:00:56 GMT
Karl Wiggins says:
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Posted on 1 Mar 2013, 15:03:28 GMT
Karl Wiggins says:
Ooops, didn't see that bit about not promoting your own books until now. Sorry.

Posted on 1 Mar 2013, 18:02:43 GMT
Jimbo says:
The book 'Bush Doctor' is a wonderful account from the memoirs of Dr Felix Bartlett reproduced by his grandchildren. It recalls the life of a doctor working in the 19th century working in the bush in Australia, in a remote working community. I loved it, it shows how far medicine has advanced thanks to these pioneers and is well worth a read.

Posted on 3 Mar 2013, 16:54:11 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2013, 17:40:42 GMT
Read In Paris We Sang - listed today. An obscure Jewish child from Germany who escaped to Britain and changed the face of ladies hairdressing - then taught the great names in her field. A good read addressing some sensitive as well as amusing topics,.

Posted on 3 Mar 2013, 20:55:50 GMT
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Posted on 4 Mar 2013, 07:36:05 GMT
Try 'One small soldier - Multum in Parvo' by Philip Kenyon. Detailing his life from early childhood, it takes you on a journey from a child who had three name changes by the age of 10, to his committal into an orphanage, a period in which he calls himself a juvenile delinquent and thence to the Army and the Second World War. His stories veer from pathos to humorous encounters with young French and Belgian women. He culminates his career by being made an officer and a happy retirement. The author is 88 this year and a Normandy Veteran. Worth reading, enjoy!

Posted on 4 Mar 2013, 16:05:22 GMT
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