How To Do Biography

Would-be biographers will learn the excitement and perils of modern research, the secrets of good and great biography, and the essential components of life narrative, in an informative manual written by an award-winning biographer.

Author: Nigel Hamilton

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674066151

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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Would-be biographers will learn the excitement and perils of modern research, the secrets of good and great biography, and the essential components of life narrative, in an informative manual written by an award-winning biographer.

How To Do Biography

Having spent a lifetime in the business of biography—as a writer, teacher,
bookseller, publisher, and filmmaker—I therefore wondered whether it would be
useful to write a short book of advice on how to do biography, a manual that
would ...

Author: Nigel Hamilton

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674264243

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 400

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It is not surprising that biography is one of the most popular literary genres of our day. What is remarkable is that there is no accessible guide for how to write one. Now, following his recent Biography: A Brief History (from Harvard), award-winning biographer and teacher Nigel Hamilton tackles the practicalities of doing biography in this first succinct primer to elucidate the tools of the biographer’s craft. Hamilton invites the reader to join him on a fascinating journey through the art of biographical composition. Starting with personal motivation, he charts the making of a modern biography from the inside: from conception to fulfillment. He emphasizes the need to know one’s audience, rehearses the excitement and perils of modern research, delves into the secrets of good and great biography, and guides the reader through the essential components of life narrative. With examples taken from the finest modern biographies, Hamilton shows how to portray the ages of man—birth, childhood, love, life’s work, the evening of life, and death. In addition, he suggests effective ways to start and close a life story. He clarifies the difference between autobiography and memoir—and addresses the sometimes awkward ethical, legal, and personal consequences of truth-telling in modern life writing. He concludes with the publication and reception of biography—its afterlife, so to speak. Written with humor, insight, and compassion, How To Do Biography is the manual that would-be biographers have long been awaiting.

Biography and History in Film

The essays in this volume seek to analyze biographical films as representations of historical individuals and the times in which they lived.

Author: Thomas S. Freeman

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783319894089

Category: History

Page: 336

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The essays in this volume seek to analyze biographical films as representations of historical individuals and the times in which they lived. To do this, contributors examine the context in which certain biographical films were made, including the state of knowledge about their subjects at that moment, and what these films reveal about the values and purposes of those who created them. This is an original approach to biographical (as opposed to historical) films and one that has so far played little part in the growing literature on historical films. The films discussed here date from the 1920s to the 2010s, and deal with males and females in periods ranging from the Middle Ages to the end of the twentieth century. In the process, the book discusses how biographical films reflect changing attitudes towards issues such as race, gender and sexuality, and examines the influence of these films on popular perceptions of the past. The introduction analyses the nature of biographical films as a genre: it compares and contrasts the nature of biography on film with written biographies, and considers their relationship with the discipline of history. As the first collection of essays on this popular but understudied genre, this book will be of interest to historians as well as those in film and cultural studies.

How to Write Biographies and Company Histories

The importance of this chapter can scarcely be overemphasized , because the
success or failure of our enterprise will be ... We must make certain that he
acknowledges his responsibility to provide a biographical legacy so that he may “
do ...

Author: Richard V. Sawyer

Publisher: Mountain Press

ISBN: WISC:89058665456

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 263

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The Development of English Biography

SO how to do it ; Johnson showed people that it was a highly interesting and
important thing to do . For Johnson , with his mistrust of history and his dislike of
fiction , found in biography a satisfaction such as no other branch of literature
could ...

Author: Harold Nicolson

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B4315237

Category: Biography as a literary form

Page: 157

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Writing Biography

In Writing Biography, six prominent historians address these issues and reflect on their varied experiences and divergent perspectives as biographers.

Author: Lloyd E. Ambrosius

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803210663

Category: History

Page: 166

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The historian as biographer must resolve questions that reflect the dual challenge of telling history and telling lives: How does the biographer sort out the individual?s role within the larger historical context? How do biographical studies relate to other forms of history? Should historians use different approaches to biography, depending on the cultures of their subjects? What are the appropriate primary sources and techniques that scholars should use in writing biographies in their respective fields? In Writing Biography, six prominent historians address these issues and reflect on their varied experiences and divergent perspectives as biographers. Shirley A. Leckie examines the psychological and personal connections between biographer and subject; R. Keith Schoppa considers the pervasive effect of culture on the recognition of individuality and the presentation of a life; Retha M. Warnicke explores past context and modern cultural biases in writing the biographies of Tudor women; John Milton Cooper Jr. discusses the challenges of writing modern biographies and the interplay of the biographer?s own experiences; Nell Irvin Painter looks at the process of reconstructing a life when written documents are scant; and Robert J. Richards investigates the intimate relationship between life experiences and new ideas. Despite their broad range of perspectives, all six scholars agree on two central points: biography and historical analysis are inextricably linked, and biographical studies offer an important tool for analyzing historical questions.

Guide to Biographical Preaching

Be aware that even this form of narrative preaching has to focus on the person to
be considered biographical . One can get into character and talk about an event ,
place , or idea instead of being biographical . What we ' re interested in is the ...

Author: Roy E. De Brand

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 080542119X

Category: Biographical preaching

Page: 142

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Guide to biographical preaching shows you how to preach on Bible characters. Whether you use this book as a text in a preaching class or as an aid in a busy pastorate, it is for you. Dr. De Brand writes as a preaching professor who still remembers the rigors of preparing for Sunday.

J P His Biography

I do not know how to describe the other , unless I call it a lack of the time sense —
for to call it merely unpunctuality , would be prosaic . The fact is , that
Jayaprakash loves a good discussion , especially with an intelligent opponent ,
and will ...

Author: Allan Scarfe

Publisher: New Delhi : Orient Longman

ISBN: UOM:39015027779977

Category: India

Page: 462

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Biography of Jai Prakash Narain, b. 1902, Sarvodaya leader.

Current Biography Yearbook

Most origami books at the time were collections of recipes for specific origami
figures , but what I wanted to do was to teach people how to come up with their
own recipes , " he explained to Current Biography . That book , though , would ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:49015003176972

Category: Biography

Page:

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Biography

Does he not do so successfully in the short address he delivers at Gettysburg in
his own peculiar way ? ... It would be absurd to claim that the Ph.D. , say in history
, unfits a man to conduct college courses in biography , but one might contend ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B3899501

Category: Biography

Page:

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The Biography of G Wash Carter White

You don ' t make sense , Gee Wash . How could anybody make YOU ride the
buses if you didn ' t want to ? Well , they can ' t force Negroes to ride the buses
either , if they don ' t want to . It ' s still a free country , you know . " " String up a
few of ...

Author: Ira Lunan Ferguson

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B4450020

Category: African Americans

Page: 253

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Biography of a Runaway Slave

An old Congo from the Timbirito sugarmill was the one who taught me how to
make it . He spent hours talking to me . He did nothing but tell me that I had to
learn to work the stickmagic because I was serious and reserved . You should
have ...

Author: Esteban Montejo

Publisher:

ISBN: UTEXAS:059173001391350

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 217

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"Valuable new version of Biografâia de un cimarrâon includes Hill's expert translation; brief but informative preface about Esteban Montejo (the book's first-person narrator); Barnet's afterword (which replaces, albeit partially, his original introduction), in which he explains his understanding of literatura testimonal; and a glossary of terms. Original work was first translated as Autobiography of a runaway slave by Jocasta Innes (1968)"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

Using Biography

By taking this trip , he says : I do hereby make my Lord of Carlisle ( who is a
member of the Privy Council and one of those to whom your business is referred )
absolutely yours . Their chief business was to get another lighthouse at the mouth
of ...

Author: William Empson

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015054448454

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 265

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Essays examine how Marvell, Dryden, Fielding, Yeats, Eliot, and Joyce made use of their own experiences in their writing

Charlie B a Biography of Admiral Lord Beresford of Metemmeh and Curraghmore G C B G C V O LL D D C L

I also helped to make a new foresail and jib out of number one canvas , roped
them , put the clews in , and completed the job . We always worked in a sailmaker
' s canvas jumper and trousers made by ourselves . I could cut out and make a ...

Author: Geoffrey Martin Bennett

Publisher: London : P. Dawnay

ISBN: UCAL:$B747317

Category: Admirals

Page: 378

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Pamphlets Biography

He knew very well how to handle his division , and he knew how to hold a line of
battle - how to order and lead a chargehow to do the plain work which he liked
best ; and at Gettysburg he showed how much a plucky , tenacious leader can do
 ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B3899910

Category: Biography

Page:

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American Educational Biography

We want great men , we want learned men , but much more do we want good
men . On these must the community rely to carry forward the great work of human
improvement . How often has individual genius , that seemed angel - like in the ...

Author: Henry Barnard

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951000943793M

Category: Education

Page: 526

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Stanley Spencer a Biography

I would perhaps go down Odney or Mill Lane and feel baffled as I watched the
elms behind the big copper beech , an unreachable world of the spirit , creating
its way in the sunlight . ' In his endless walks alone , he had nothing to do but
dream ...

Author: Maurice Collis

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015019139024

Category: Painters

Page: 255

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American Biography

who attempts to do business with me , just after Frank Joseph Martin married , in
1888 , Frances having apparently sought my friendship , is looked Isabel
Johnson . Her father was Dr . Horatio Van upon with much more suspicion than
the one ...

Author: William Richard Cutter

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89080721517

Category: United States

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The Biography of Kuo P u

Perhaps he was thinking of the wine libation rite described in Kuo piu's biography
( tr . pp . 93-94 ) . It can be postulated that kuo piu may have sought help from the
Spirit of Shamanka Mountain , the " patron saint " of diviners , hoping that it ...

Author: Thomas Robert Nelson

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:C3513530

Category:

Page: 680

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