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  Biographers 21 December 2004  
why we just can’t get enough of real-life revelations

Why is it that we're so obsessed with the details of other people's lives? In the bookshops sales of biographies are booming: not sanitised stories but the warts-and-all tales of the lives of the famous.

But just how far should a biographer go in her pursuit of the "truth" and how has this genre changed over the years?

Jenni discusses the challenges faced by biographers with novelist and biographer Miranda Seymour and Hermione Lee, author of Body Parts, a Fellow of New College Oxford and biographer of Elizabeth Bowen, Willa Cather and Virginia Woolf.

Body Parts: Essays on Life-writing
Hermione Lee
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 1844137465


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