aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

So you want to be a biographer...

Stacy Schiff’s new biography of Cleopatra is drawing rave reviews as well as strong sales. In an interview, she talks about writing biographies, saying, “I do the bulk of my research — interviews, reading, archival work — before I contemplate putting words on the page. Only then do the themes and repetitions and contradictions emerge; only then do I begin to see the shape of the book. As research is much easier than writing, I naturally put off that moment as long as is humanly possible.”

Read more about writing biographies here.

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