Catherine Drinker Bowen on Writing a Biography

In the writing of a biography, it is expedient to approach one’s subject from the periphery, from the outside in–to study first the times, then move to the localities and persons of the immediate story.Catherine Drinker Bowen, Adventures of a Biograph…

In the writing of a biography, it is expedient to approach one's subject from the periphery, from the outside in--to study first the times, then move to the localities and persons of the immediate story.

Catherine Drinker Bowen, Adventures of a Biographer, 1959 

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