[L]ife, individual or collective, personal or historic, is the one entity in the universe whose substance is compact of danger, of adventure. It is, in the strict sense of the word, drama. … [T]he primary, radical meaning of life appears when it is employed in the sense not of biology, but of biography. For the very strong reason that the whole of biology is quite definitely only a chapter in certain biographies, it is what biologists do in the portion of their lives open to biography.
In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fiction parts should be printed in red ink, the fact parts in black ink.Catherine Drinker bowen
Lockhart's Life of Walter Scott may be said to be the most admirable biography in the English language, after Boswell's Samuel Johnson.john gibson lockhart
But for a few phrases from his letters and an odd line or two of his verse, the poet walks gagged through his own biography.john updike
There is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man; also it may be said, there is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed.thomas carlyle
The art of biography Is different from Geography. Geography is about Maps, But biography is about Chaps.Edmund Clerihew Bentley
How gently, wisely, and justly G MYoung deals with him. That is not the way to write biography.Dean Gooderham Acheson
Between history and the novel stands biography, their unwanted offspring, which has brought a great embarrassment to them both.Michael de Courcy Fraser Holroyd
Inthehistorian'sview biography isa kindoffrogspawn it takes ten thousand biographies to make one small history.Michael de Courcy Fraser Holroyd
No social study that does not come back to the problems of biography, of history and of their intersections within a society has completed its intellectual journey.
Pogo Brief biography of Walt Kelly Walt Kelly at the Lambiek "Comiclopedia" Walt Kelly: Brief biography at Kirjasto (Pegasos) Official Pogo sitewalt kelly
One can't make pure clay of time's mud. There is no life that can be recaptured wholly; as it was. Which is to say that all biography is ultimately fiction.Bernard Malamud
Brief biography at The Center for International EducationEugene McCarthy
This isn't a romanticized biography. It's a biography period. If here and there it resembles a romantic novel, the credit is only Garibaldi 's, not his potrayers.indro montanelli
Ironically, Henry James' biography comforts me & I long to make known to him his posthumous reputation he wrote, in pain, gave all his life (which is more than I could think of doing I have Ted, will have children but few friends) & the critics insulted & mocked him, readers didn't read him.Sylvia Plath
Obituary at The National Academies Press Nobelprize.org biography Roger W. Sperry - Autobiography The Roger W. Sperry Siteroger wolcott sperry
Brief biography at Spartacus.schoolnet Trotsky archive at Marxists.org
I have always hated biography, and more especially, autobiography. If biography, the writer invariably finds it necessary to plaster the subject with praises, flattery, and adulation and to invest him with all the Christian graces. If autobiography, the same plan is followed, but the writer apologizes for it.
When I read the book, the biography famous, And is this then (said I) what the author calls a man's life? And so will some one when I am dead and gone write my life? (As if any man really knew aught of my life, Why even I myself I often think know little or nothing of my real life, Only a few hints, a few diffused faint clews and indirections I seek for my own use to trace out here.)
For there is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man; also, it may be said, there is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed.thomas carlyle
Live your life as if you are writing your biography.keshia chante
MacTutor Profile at University of St. Andrews William Thomson's biography Lord Kelvin onlinewilliam thomson