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Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.
Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Some Western biographies are apologist, and do not portray the negative side at all.
At the Sex Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, they were a phenomenal help, too. We went out there for a few days, and they gave us access to materials. And the biographies, there are four or five, ranging from very poor to excellent.
I'm interested in the truth, and unauthorized biographies are not. Yes, I would like to correct those errors someday.
Once you touch the biographies of human beings, the notion that political beliefs are logically determined collapses like a pricked balloon.
The biographies and autobiographies are on the whole more impressive than the fiction of the last two decades, but the freakish best sellers among them are least likely to withstand the test of time.
There's the typical books, Moby Dick and, I guess in my adult life I began to read biographies more than fiction. I started to want to relate to other people's lives, things that had really happened.
Well, I was always a bit of a political junkie. Even as a kid I would read biographies of presidents and of civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King and Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington.
When I was 12 years old, I read 'Nancy Drew' mysteries and biographies of Madame Curie and Florence Nightingale and books about girls who love horses or go to nursing school. I belonged to the Girl Scouts and got A's in school and rarely disobeyed my parents. I still kept a collection of Barbie dolls in my room, and I almost never spoke to boys.
I read a lot of biographies and books with an African background.
I hate biographies which say, I was called to such and such an office, and he offered me so and so, and I got so and so money. I find that very tedious. The best biographies are written by other people.
I don't think of my books as being biographies. I never had any interest in doing a book just to write the life of a great man. I had zero interest in that. My interest is in power. How power works.
I very rarely read any fiction. I love biographies; I read about all kinds of people. I love theology and some philosophy.
I've always had an abundance of material about the subjects of my biographies.
When you write biographies, whether it's about Ben Franklin or Einstein, you discover something amazing: They are human.
That was par for the course but I also found that commissions were being canceled and in fact I considered this directly libelous - I write biographies for a living as well as being a journalist - for a non fiction book to be called fiction from beginning to end.
While writing my first 90 books, I was magazine editor, publisher, book publisher, executive, etc., so I was established in publishing. three of my seven or so books were biographies of sports stars and really opened doors for me in that area.
Jerry B. Jenkins
Some of those drawn into the holy war had been secular nationalists only a few years before. If one looks at the biographies of these people, remarkable continuities are revealed.
It can be a long gap between the emergence of fully researched historical biographies.
The difference between authorized and unauthorized biographies is the difference between riding in carriage or squatting in steerage.
I have believed in the biographies I have written. I truly can tell you that they have influenced our society politically, culturally, socially.
I love to read different books on completely different subjects at the same time. I cannot focus on one. I read a few pages of literature, then I jump to philosophy and at the same time I'm reading biographies of Mahler.
I love reading. I'm very much into history, novels, biographies and I have a wide range of thrillers.
When I read biographies, I'm only interested in the first few chapters. I'm not interested in when people become successful. I'm interested in what made them successful.
There's been a number of erroneous biographies, articles and so on written about Billy and we both thought it would be a good idea to produce a true one.
I've been a lifelong horror fan, but at the same time, I would say 90 percent of my reading is biographies and nonfiction history.
I've always enjoyed reading history, particularly presidential biographies.
On the other hand, when I give it closer thought, I realize I'm not enough of a dictator to conduct an orchestra because it requires a pretty awful person. When you read these biographies of famous conductors, they are all awful people who fail in their private relationships.
My reading is always about musical biographies. I have an innate interest and passion for that.
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