Biography, vol. 24, no. 4 (2001)

Editor’s Note, p. iv


Jeremy D. Popkin

Coordinated Lives: Between Autobiography and Scholarship p. 781

Edited collections of specially prepared autobiographical essays have become a common form of autobiographical publication in the past few decades, especially in American academia. Their development raises questions about autobiographical writing that departs from the individualist assumptions prevalent in the genre, and about the boundary between autobiographical and scholarly writing.

Kate Douglas

“Blurbing” Biographical: Authorship and Autobiography, p. 806

This article examines the practice of book jacket “blurbing,” and will consider its particular relevance to questions of authorship. Using three contemporary autobiographies as examples — Andrea Ashworth’s Once in a House on Fire, Jenny Diski’s Skating to Antarctica, and Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit — I argue that this practice of book promotion has played an influential role in reconstructing authorial agency and author ownership of written work. Yet, rather than serving the individual writer, this author-resurrection profits the web of stakeholders involved in the production and promotion of literary texts.

Phyllis E. Wachter and William Todd Schultz

Annual Bibliography of Works about Life Writing, 2000-2001, p. 827


The Limits of Autobiography: Trauma and Testimony, by Leigh Gilmore, p. 917
Reviewed by Susannah B. Mintz

Memory, Narrative, Identity: Remembering the Self, by Nicola King, p. 922
Reviewed by Susanna Egan

Threads of Life: Autobiography and the Will, by Richard Freadman, p. 925
Reviewed by Clinton Machann

Circuitous Journeys: Modern Spiritual Autobiography, by David J. Leigh, p. 927
Reviewed by Betty A. Bergland

Literary Lives: Biography and the Search for Understanding, by David Ellis, p. 933
Reviewed by Catherine N. Parke

Placing Autobiography in Geography, edited by Pamela Moss, p. 935
Reviewed by Liz Millward

The Ethics of Autobiography: Replacing the Subject in Modern Spain, by Ángel G. Loureiro, p. 938
Reviewed by Edward H. Friedman

The Confession of Augustine, by Jean-François Lyotard, p. 942
Reviewed by Graham Ward

Women and the Politics of Self-Representation in Seventeenth-Century France, by Patricia Francis Cholakian, p. 944
Reviewed by Michèle Longino

The New Biography: Performing Femininity in Nineteenth Century France, edited by Jo Burr Margadant, p. 946
Reviewed by Lucy M. Schwartz

Le Journal Intime: Genre littéraire et écriture ordinaire, by Françoise Simonet-Tenant, p. 948
Reviewed by Rebecca M. Pauly

Daily Modernism: The Literary Diaries of Virginia Woolf, Antonia White, Elizabeth Smart, and Anaïs Nin, by Elizabeth Podnieks, p. 951
Reviewed by Angela Smith

Amy Levy: Her Life and Letters, by Linda Hunt Beckman, p. 954
Reviewed by Lillian S. Robinson

Diaries of Girls and Women: A Midwestern American Sampler, edited by Suzanne Bunkers, p. 959
Reviewed by Karen L. Kilcup

Life Prints: A Memoir of Healing and Discovery, by Mary Grimley Mason, p. 963
Reviewed by J. Brooks Bouson

Obituaries in American Culture, by Janice Hume, p. 967
Reviewed by Stephanie Foote

Abraham Lincoln and the Forge of National Memory, by Barry Schwartz, p. 970
Reviewed by Howard Jones

Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women and the Whalefishery, 1720-1870, by Lisa Norling, p. 973
Reviewed by Seth Rockman

African American Autobiography and the Quest for Freedom, by Roland L. Williams, Jr., p. 975
Reviewed by Mark Helbling

The Joshua Lederberg Papers. Profiles in Science, National Library of Medicine, Website by Joshua Lederberg, p. 978
Reviewed by Kevin Warwick

To Save a Life: Stories of Holocaust Rescue, by Ellen Land-Weber, p. 982
Reviewed by Jacqueline Vansant

Excerpts from recent reviews of biographies, autobiographies, and other works of interest

LIFELINES, p. 1015
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INDEX TO VOLUME 24, p. 1022