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Works on paper: the craft of biography and autobiography

Works on paper: the craft of biography and autobiography

Holroyd, Michael, 1935-

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

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Abacus, 2003
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Statement of responsibility: Michael Holroyd
ISBN: 0349113963, 9780349113968
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2002.
Physical Description: xiv, 319 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Biography; Biography in literature.; Biography as a literary form.

Author note

Michael Holroyd is the author of numerous biographies including Lytton Strachey, Augustus John, George Bernard Shaw.


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.