Member Blogs > Books Tell You WhyJames Boswell and the Power of Biography

  • Mon, 18 May 2015 08:00:00    Permalink
    Biography lends to death a new terror. -Oscar Wilde


    Wilde’s take on biography is most obviously meant to garner a laugh—maybe a nervous one— at the thought of leaving the detailing of one’s life in the hands of another. As a result, perhaps in a roundabout way, Wilde also sheds light on the responsibility that falls to the biographer. After all, biographers hold an incredible power, and they can choose to wield it in a number of ways.

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