Tag Archives: Biography

Ethics of Memory: Tom Segev’s Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends

Segev, Tom. Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends. Trans. Ronnie Hope. Doubleday, 2010. Excluding the acknowledgements and detailed notes, this book takes 409 pages. At times, as is often the case with biographies, the book felt like a mere listing … Continue reading

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Deciphering Freedom: Sarah Bakewell’s At The Existentialist Café

Bakewell, Sarah. At The Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails. Knopf Canada,  2016. How I wish Sarah Bakewell had been my Philosophy professor when I began my undergraduate career. How I wish she’d been around to talk to when … Continue reading

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A Not So Quiet Life: Hermione Lee’s Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life

Lee, Hermione. Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life. Chatto, 2013. I have always thought that the changing tone of Punch in the fifties and sixties and its demise in 1992 serves as a kind of metaphor for the disappearance of the England … Continue reading

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Navigating the Past: Cathy Converse’s Following the Curve of Time

Converse, Cathy. Following the Curve of Time: The Legendary M. Wylie Blanchet. Victoria: Touch Wood Editions, 2008. I was perhaps at something of a disadvantage when I began to read this book; I have not read M. Wylie Blanchet’s The … Continue reading

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A Rather Private Lady: Jennifer Kloester’s Georgette Heyer

Kloester, Jennifer. Georgette Heyer. [London: Heinemann, 2011] Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, 2013. Ebook Almost three years ago (can it really be that long?) I wrote a post discussing the perhaps guilty pleasures of reading Georgette Heyer. At that time, I observed: … Continue reading

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Lives Revisited: Rambles in Biography. Peter Ustinov and Dorothy L. Sayers.

Ustinov, Peter, Dear Me.  Harmondsworth, Mddx.: Penguin, 1977. Reynolds, Barbara. Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul. 1993. London: Hodder and  Stoughton-Scepter, 1994. How different is the situation of the biographer in comparison with that of the writer of fiction. … Continue reading

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Forever England: Socio/aesthetic Politics of Memory in The Stranger’s Child

Hollinghurst, Alan. The Stranger’s Child. London: Picador-Macmillan, 2011. To what extent is Rupert Brooke read nowadays? Perhaps more important, why? And how is he regarded? In fact, how does most of the poetry popular in the teens of the twentieth century appeal … Continue reading

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