Time and the Biographer

Edel, Leon
February 1955
New Republic;2/21/55, Vol. 132 Issue 8, p19
The article focuses on style of literary biography. The author suggests that biography--and literary biography in particular--has been too much concerned with recitals of fact--the massed chronicle, the overwhelming card index--and not sufficiently concerned with the quality of the lived life. By the quality of the lived life I mean the awarenesses, the intensities, the moments of feeling and depths of experience that constitute the fundamental part of living, that part which people glimpse not so much in a writer's letters, but which is buried in the texture of his work, those inner dreams he has translated with verbal beauty into art--that art which has made him important enough to become the subject of a biography.


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