At a glance:
- Author: Herbert R. Lottman
- First Published: 1979
- Type of Work: Literary biography
- Time of Work: 1913-1960
- Setting: Algeria, France, and New York
- Genres: Nonfiction, Biography
- Subjects: 1950's, 1960's, Philosophy or philosophers, Twentieth century, Authors or writers, 1940's, 1910's, 1920's, 1930's, Novelists, Algeria or Algerians
- Locales: Africa, France, Europe, United States, New York, North America, Algeria
Addressing a symposium on the art of biography hosted by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, Leon Edel proposed a method “related to the methods of Sherlock Holmes and also to those of Sigmund Freud.” The biographer, Edel said, must seek “the figure under the carpet, the evidence in the reverse of the tapestry, the life-myth of a given mask.” He concluded this remarkable lecture (later collected in Telling Lives: The Biographer’s Art, edited by Marc Pachter) by urging biographers to learn from modern painters, whomoved from the splendid...
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