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A Biographer's Empathy: James McGrath Morris

I'm off trying to meet a deadline and probably won't let myself come back to play in the sandbox until March. But I can't resist sharing a superb piece of biographical self-analysis by my friend James McGrath Morris.

  Morris, the author of a biography of Joseph Pulitzer (and, as the man who dreamed up Biographers International, the benefactor of biographers everywhere), is publishing Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press this month. His reflections on what researching and writing this book did for him as a human being will speak to every biographer who wants to enlighten not only others with the story of a life but also himself. Or herself. Read "Reporting across the Color Line"Read More 
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JAMES MCGRATH MORRIS ON THE CURRENT STATE OF BIOGRAPHY

James McGrath Morris
Worth reading: An interview with journalist and biographer James McGrath Morris takes a look at the current publishing scene in biography. Morris, the founder of Biographers International, is the author of Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power and The Rose Man of Sing-Sing. (Thanks to blogger Beverly Gray for the pass-along.)  Read More 
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