Granta 41: Biography

by Bill Buford (Editor)

Paperback, 1993





Penguin USA (P) (1993), Edition: Autumn 1992


Why do biographies remain so popular? Granta 41 presents a special collection of biographies organized around a single idea - how do you tell the story of a life?. Also in this issue is the exclusive first publication of Saul Bellow's Memoirs of a Bootlegger's Son, James Atlas on Bellow's apprenticeship in Chicago, Andrew Motion on the discovery of Philip Larkin's secret Northumberland hideaway, Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the mysterious Frau Frida whom he first met in Vienna after the war, plus Richard Holmes, Ian Hamilton, Louise Eldrich, Lorna Sage, and Luc Sante amid the police archives of 1914 New York.

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LibraryThing member mahallett
good edition on biography. lorna sage wrote on angela carter. i read sage's memoir a year ago.
LibraryThing member RobertOK
One of the better issues of Granta I've read, the pieces here range from true biography to memoir, as well as how biographers get access to personal letters and material to be able to piece together the stories of people's lives.

The highlighted piece is a fragment of a novel Saul Bellow started
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about his own family but abandoned. It's accompanied by his biographer's accounting of Bellow's life up until he became a successful writer. In other articles by Louise Erdrich and Luc Sante, we see how the lives of people outside the limelight, such as Native Americans and immigrants, are a bit harder to document.
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