Michael Holroyd begins an attack on biography, which is answered by two essays on the ethics & values of non-fiction writing. He examines the work of several contemporary biographers, the place of biography in fiction & fiction in biography
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His views expressed with humour and elan on figures ranging from Sitwell to Quentin Crisp are a feast for the mind.
INDEPENDENT||Holroyd is an engaging, stimulating commentator who never reduces his academic work to accessible fatuity. He is gently but firmly persuasive of the value of biography.
OBSERVER||If anyone still doubts that biographers are "proper" writers, rather than mere transcribers of life's rich record, then they should read this book.
NEW STATESMAN||He remains an eloquent advertisement for the power of biography to animate what would otherwise be forgotten.