Dona Munker: Writing a Biography

~ Writing a Biography ~
Articles, Etc., on the Biographer's Craft

        The articles on this website are about the practical aspects and (once in a while) the philosophical implications of the biographer's craft. To receive notices of updates, go to the blog page. There you can sign up by clicking on the RSS button in your browser. In Firefox, select "Subscribe to This Page" in your Bookmarks menu. Your subscription is anonymous.

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    "Deirdre Bair on Steinberg, Capone, and Choosing a Subject"
    Interview in The Biographer's Craft, Nov. 2012

    • A podcast with Dona about Sattareh Farman Farmaian, the heroine of DAUGHTER OF PERSIA (2008).

      And just for fun....

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      STALKING THE ELEPHANT, a blog about writing biography, the writing life, the creative processes of biography, and of course SARA AND ERSKINE, AN AMERICAN ROMANCE, my work in progress on the World War One-era minister's wife and suffragist, Sara Bard Field, and her extraordinary affair with the outspoken atheist and philosophical anarchist, Charles Erskine Scott Wood.

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        is about a search for love and self-realization that turned a Baptist minister's wife into a nationally known suffragist, a women's rights advocate, and a respected California poet—but also into "an anarchist and a free-lover" who had to risk everything to be united with her remarkable soul-mate. I am tracing this forgotten, dramatic Ragtime-era romance and reconstructing Sara's life and experiences through thousands of letters, her's oral autobiography, and other sources.
              More about writing SARA AND ERSKINE.
              is a riveting account of the life and work of an extraordinary Iranian aristocrat and social reformer, Sattareh Farman Farmaian, DAUGHTER OF PERSIA is at once a memoir and a work of historical journalism that is still relevant today, opening a personal window on Iran and America's involvement in the six tumultuous decades that laid the foundations of the present-day crisis now facing the United States and the West.
                    The biographer's craft, what a story is, whether biography can ever be an art, and more.
                    A list of resources for anyone interested in biography and writing lives.