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4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to biography as a genre
Biography is a story of someone's life, and biographies have been written for as long as people had been interested in lives of others. This very short introduction takes us on a trip throughout centuries at exploring the genre, it's ever evolving conventions and the basic requirements that we expect from all good biographies. The main focus of the book is the British...
Published on November 2, 2009 by Dr. Bojan Tunguz

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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The book was okay.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to biography as a genre, November 2, 2009
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This review is from: Biography: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Biography is a story of someone's life, and biographies have been written for as long as people had been interested in lives of others. This very short introduction takes us on a trip throughout centuries at exploring the genre, it's ever evolving conventions and the basic requirements that we expect from all good biographies. The main focus of the book is the British biographies, with a few others used as examples. There are no biographical examples from non-western sources, unless you count those from the Bible. Nonetheless, even with these constraints we get to see a vast variety of approaches to biography. Some biographers had intimate first-hand knowledge of their subject, while other wrote from a vast spatial and temporal distance, relying solely on secondhand sources. Another big difference that biography as a genre has undergone is the change of mores that nowadays puts a stronger stress on disreputable and salacious aspects of one's life. This is a far cry from "exemplary lives" model that had been popular in the past, which had presupposed the purpose of biography to be enlightenment and edification of the public.

Reading about biography in abstract can be rather boring. Luckily, this book is replete with examples from various notable biographies. However, if you are not interested in biography as a genre you may not get too much out of reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lee accomplishes what she set out to write, September 22, 2013
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Interesting thoughts on the art of biography. I also recommend tracking down Lee's Paris Review interview on the same subject.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, September 22, 2014
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The book was okay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, December 16, 2009
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These books are quite useful, and this one is recommended for anyone who enjoys biographies and would like to learn a bit about biography in general.
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Biography: A Very Short Introduction by Hermione Lee (Paperback - August 31, 2009)
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