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Beverly Gray
This trenchant comment on the Petraeus affair just in from film biographer Beverly Gray:

"So David Petraeus is resigning because he slept with his biographer. I'd say here's a case where she got a little too close to her subject."
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WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA? Managing the Writing Life, 3: 10 TIPS FROM A FILM BIOGRAPHER


    "WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?" invites experienced biographers and narrative nonfiction writers to hold forth, whether in an article or just in a couple of sentences, on a useful solution they've found for coping with any major challenge of the writing life. What resonates with you? Tell the rest of us by posting a comment.

      Beverly Gray, a film biographer, shares her list of ten things to remember when writing a biography.


      Ten Tips for Writing Biography:

      •     In starting out, scour your life for a subject you are in a unique position to explore. When writing a biography, consider making your own relationship with the central figure a part of the story. My first book delved into the life of a movie producer who had been my longtime boss. A few anecdotes drawn from our interaction over the years effectively shed light on key aspects of his psyche. Read More 
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