Biography, vol. 32, no. 3 (2009)

Biography 32.3 coverEDITORS’ NOTE, v


Between Candor and Concealment: Willa Cather and (Auto)Biography
Janis P. Stout, 467

Willa Cather’s noted convictions about privacy existed in tension with her more recently understood engagement in self-publicity. This tension is mirrored in her ambivalent thinking about the genres of biography and autobiography. The two genres became a deeply conflicted site for her, and one that often produced self-contradictions. Although Cather took steps to preserve her privacy late in life, she also manifested impulses toward self-writing.

Biographers’ Bereavement and Other Factors in Inadvertent Deathbed Distortions: The Biography Deaths of Proust and Freud
Roy Lacoursiere, 493

Examining the biographees’ deaths in Proust and Freud biographies reveals inadvertent loss of the biographers’ scholarly standards in this deathbed context. Information about the biographers themselves discloses factors contributing to this phenomenon, including bereavement as the biography is terminating,
authors’ experiences with family deaths, and sanctioning a particular ending for the biographee.


The Death of Captain Cook: A Hero Made and Unmade, by Glyn Williams
Reviewed by Gananath Obeyesekere, 512

Flesh Made Word: Saints’ Stories and the Western Imagination, by Aviad Kleinberg
Reviewed by Virginia Burrus, 516

Theorizing the Ideal Sovereign: The Rise of the French Vernacular Royal Biography, by Daisy Delogu
Reviewed by Gabrielle M. Spiegel, 519

Queen Isabel I of Castile: Power, Patronage, Persona, edited by Barbara F. Weissberger
Reviewed by Benito Quintana, 524

Indian Captivity in Spanish America: Frontier Narratives, by Fernando Operé
Reviewed by Susan M. Socolow, 528

Picturing Indians: Photographic Encounters and Tourist Fantasies in H. H. Bennett’s Wisconsin Dells, by Steven D. Hoelscher
Reviewed by Kathleen Tigerman, 531

Visualizing the Holocaust: Documents, Aesthetics, Memory, edited by David Bathrick, Brad Prager, and Michael D. Richardson
Reviewed by Ellen G. Friedman, 534

Seeing Witness: Visuality and the Ethics of Testimony, by Jane Blocker
Reviewed by Dora Apel, 538

Stories and Portraits of the Self, edited by Helena Carvalhão Buescu and João Ferreira Duarte
Reviewed by Deborah Reed-Danahay, 542

Intimate Ephemera: Reading Young Lives in Australian Zine Culture, by Anna Poletti
Reviewed by John Zuern, 544

Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist, by Nancy Goldstein
Reviewed by E. Frances White, 548

Class Definitions: On the Lives and Writings of Maxine Hong Kingston, Sandra Cisneros, and Dorothy Allison, by Michelle M. Tokarczyk
Reviewed by Sarah Eden Schiff, 550

The Letters of Allen Ginsberg, by Allen Ginsberg and Bill Morgan
Reviewed by Ann K. Hoff, 553

Anne Sexton: Teacher of Weird Abundance, by Paula M. Savio
Reviewed by Jo Gill, 557

Writing the Lost Generation: Expatriate Autobiography and American Modernism, by Craig Monk
Reviewed by Linda Patterson Miller, 559

Biographies and Autobiographies in Modern Italy, edited by Peter Hainsworth and Martin McLaughlin
Reviewed by Risa Sodi, 562

The Precious Raft of History: The Past, the West, and the Woman Question in China, by Joan Judge
Reviewed by Ming-Bao Yue, 566

A Russian Merchant’s Tale: The Life and Adventures of Ivan Alekseevich Tolchënov, by David L. Ransel
Reviewed by Lina Bernstein, 569

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