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by Nigel Hamilton

eBook How To Do Biography: A Primer epub
  • ISBN: 0674027965
  • Author: Nigel Hamilton
  • Genre: Reference
  • Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; 49464th edition (April 30, 2008)
  • Pages: 379 pages
  • ePUB size: 1782 kb
  • FB2 size 1438 kb
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With examples taken from the finest modern biographies, Hamilton shows how to portray the ages of man-birth, childhood, love, life’s work, the evening of life, and death.

With examples taken from the finest modern biographies, Hamilton shows how to portray the ages of man-birth, childhood, love, life’s work, the evening of life, and death.

No one writing biography can afford to ignore this edifying book. While this is a how-to book, even the most seasoned biographer will find much of value about choosing a subject; doing proposals for biographies; handling interviewing; negotiating the perils of publishing unauthorized biographies; managing biographical narratives; writing with an audience in mind; and the nexus.

How to Do Biography book. Biographer and teacher Nigel Hamilton tackles the art of writing a biography in this succinct primer that elucidate the tools of the biographer's craft. Starting with personal motivation, he charts the making of a modern biography from the inside - from conception to fulfillment.

Nigel Hamilton (born 16 February 1944) is an award-winning British-born biographer, academic . In 1988, Hamilton moved to the . Profile of How To Do Biography: A Primer. William Morris Agency represents Hamilton in the .

In 1988, Hamilton moved to the . to undertake a book on the life of former President John F. Kennedy and he was named the John F. Kennedy Scholar at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a visiting professor of history. The first volume of his biography was published by Random House in the autumn of 1992 as JFK: Reckless Youth. David Higham Associates represents Hamilton in the .

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Biography . cambridge, massachusetts, london, england 2008. Meanwhile I hope that How To Do Biography will provide a building block, and a start.

Profile of How To Do Biography: A Primer. Hamilton (people) - Scots and Irish Nobility Duke of Hamilton :Surname Douglas Hamilton.

Request PDF On Jan 1, 2012, Nigel Hamilton and others published How to do biography: A primer .

An important criterion for selecting a subject for biography is that the subject must have sufficient residue or impact to be worthy of biographical attention (Hamilton, 2008; Lomask, 1986). Like other pioneers in the marketing discipline, White's legacy also includes major contributions to marketing practice.

Alexander Hamilton was a Founding Father, a Constitutional Convention delegate, author of the Federalist papers . Hamilton - an avowed Federalist - then served as the nation's first secretary of the treasury, from 1789 to 1795.

Alexander Hamilton was a Founding Father, a Constitutional Convention delegate, author of the Federalist papers and the first secretary of the . Hamilton was born on the island of Nevis in the British West Indies, on January 11, 1755 or 1757 (the exact date is unknown). Hamilton's parents were Rachel Fawcett Lavien, who was of British and French Huguenot descent, and James Hamilton, a Scottish trader.

Author: Nigel Hamilton.

It is not surprising that biography is one of the most popular literary genres of our day. What is remarkable is that there is no accessible guide for how to write one. Now, following his recent Biography: A Brief History (from Harvard), award-winning biographer and teacher Nigel Hamilton tackles the practicalities of doing biography in this first succinct primer to elucidate the tools of the biographer’s craft.

Hamilton invites the reader to join him on a fascinating journey through the art of biographical composition. Starting with personal motivation, he charts the making of a modern biography from the inside: from conception to fulfillment. He emphasizes the need to know one’s audience, rehearses the excitement and perils of modern research, delves into the secrets of good and great biography, and guides the reader through the essential components of life narrative.

With examples taken from the finest modern biographies, Hamilton shows how to portray the ages of man—birth, childhood, love, life’s work, the evening of life, and death. In addition, he suggests effective ways to start and close a life story. He clarifies the difference between autobiography and memoir—and addresses the sometimes awkward ethical, legal, and personal consequences of truth-telling in modern life writing. He concludes with the publication and reception of biography—its afterlife, so to speak.

Written with humor, insight, and compassion, How To Do Biography is the manual that would-be biographers have long been awaiting.

Comments: (7)
Arlana
While thousands of excellent books exist explaining the methods and craft of writing various genres of fiction and nonfiction books, there is little to no authoritative, professional volumes that explain the detailed intricacies of writing biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Luckily, for those searching for a book on biographical prose, Nigel Hamilton has shared with us his expertise in this marvelous tour-de-force of all things biography. Instructive, thoughtful, and entertaining, this book will give even the novice biographer all the tools necessary to successfully navigate the treacherous terrain of writing about our fellow human beings; both contemporary and historical. My only regret in this review is that I can't give Hamilton 10-stars for his seminal work on the topic. Highly recommended.
mIni-Like
This book saved my thesis. I was writing a critical essay on a specific aspect of biographical practice, and Hamilton's book showed me how to approach the essentials of biography. For the first time since I started the project, I began to recognise the fundamentals. He writes in a warm and encouraging voice. His assumption is that you are writing a commercial biography of a single individual over several years of research and writing. This was not my situation at all, but I could adapt his well-structured advice to suit my purposes. His excellent bibliography introduced me to several other useful texts. I recommend this book to writers and I was pleased to quote him in my thesis. I hope he sees this review!
Thetalune
I wish I had opened it before the 7 days to return was up. It's a complete waste of money. I cannot take advice from an author with an atrocious writing style. It's a little better than those awful websites that sell content by the word, but not much.
Loni
This is not the book I imagined it to be. It contains little practical advice, but merely relates some of the author's writings.
Tekasa
I am writing a book about my father's life - he grew up in eastern Europe during WWII. This book is VERY helpful and insightful. I know my book will be much better thanks to this one!
Centrizius
This book is one of the only books I've found on this topic, and I really appreciated the insights and perspective. It did help me come up with ideas and my own formula for being organized when writing a biography.
Diab
Super informative and nice structure. I feel the actual text reads a bit dry and a little too heady. However if you can get past the dryness what it has to teach you is palatable.
Writing a memoir. Very helpful.
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