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The Resource The impossible craft: : literary biography, Scott Donaldson

The impossible craft: : literary biography, Scott Donaldson

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The impossible craft: : literary biography
Title
The impossible craft:
Title remainder
literary biography
Statement of responsibility
Scott Donaldson
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In The Impossible Craft, Scott Donaldson explores the rocky territory of literary biography, the most difficult that biographers try to navigate. Writers are accustomed to controlling the narrative, and notoriously opposed to allowing intruders on their turf. They make bonfires of their papers, encourage others to destroy correspondence, write their own autobiographies, and appoint family or friends to protect their reputations as official biographers. Thomas Hardy went so far as to compose his own life story to be published after his death, while falsely assigning authorship to his widow. After a brief background sketch of the history of biography from Greco-Roman times to the present, Donaldson recounts his experiences in writing biographies of a broad range of twentieth-century American writers: Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Cheever, Archibald MacLeish, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Winfield Townley Scott, and Charlie Fenton. Donaldson provides readers with a highly readable insiders' introduction to literary biography. He suggests how to conduct interviews, and what not to do during the process. He offers sound advice about how closely biographers should identify with their subjects. He examines the ethical obligations of the biographer, who must aim for the truth without unduly or unnecessarily causing discomfort or worse to survivors. He shows us why and how misinformation comes into existence and tends to persist over time. He describes "the mythical ideal biographer," an imaginary creature of universal intelligence and myriad talents beyond the reach of any single human being. And he suggests how its very impossibility makes the goal of writing a biography that captures the personality of an author a challenge well worth pursuing
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"Explores the challenges and rewards faced by literary biographers. Details the author's experiences writing the lives of writers including Edwin Arlington Robinson, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Cheever, and Archibald MacLeish"--Provided by publisher
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10430534
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Midwest
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hoopla (Digital media service)
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1928-
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Donaldson, Scott
Dewey number
920
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
Series statement
The Penn State series in the history of the book
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  • Donaldson, Scott
  • Biography as a literary form
  • Authors
  • Authors, American
  • Biographers
Target audience
adult
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literary biography
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The impossible craft: : literary biography, Scott Donaldson
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
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MWT11636149
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unknown
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1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
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9780271067056
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computer
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rdamedia.
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  • c
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MWT11636149
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remote
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11636149
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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The impossible craft: : literary biography, Scott Donaldson
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Publication
Carrier category
online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT11636149
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780271067056
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT11636149
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11636149
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Mode of access: World Wide Web

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