A Life in Biography
By Carl Rollyson
A Life in BiographyMay 23, 2023
The Power of the Living Biographical Subject v The Power of the Biographer
Dylan Thomas and why biography matters, with a cameo performance by Marilyn Monroe
Why a biographer would go ahead when the subject is fiercely resistant
Samuel R. Delany refuses to give up on Susan Sontag’s biographers
Seamus Heaney in America with biographer Ed O’Shea
What Does It Mean to Know a Biographical Subject
Round 5 of The Biographer and His Critic
Round 4: The Biographer and His Critic
The Biographer and His Critic: Round 3
A Collector’s Item: A Dialogue About Biography
The Ethics of Biography and a Confession
Finding Jackie: A conversation with Oline Eaton about her new biography
Remembering a great friend & biographer with Mary Dearborn, Diana Jacobs, Sydney Stern, Amanda Vaill
The tables are turned: Author and publisher Karen Christensen interviews me!
Dealing with sources, people and archive, the good,, the bad, and the ugly, with Doug Munro
The History Wars! In Australia, but it happens here too. Biographers Beware
A new biography of William Faulkner’s great-grandfather, avatar and precursor
Doug Munro on Biography and History: Where They Meet and Deviate
Choosing My Subjects: A Fireside Chat
Two Mailer biographers discuss why he still matters, and why they write about him.
Mahala Stripling on her biography of Richard Selzer, the doctor who made an art of medicine
Richard Selzer inspired the work of a generation of doctor/writers. Listen to how he did it, and how his biography is shaping up.
A talk with Bob Batchelor about his new biography of Jim Morrison, The Doors, and the Sixties
A conversation with Norman Lock about Voices in the Dead House, novels, biography, and much more
Ellen Brown talks about her work in progress, a biography of Tennessee Williams
Biography By the Day
How Diane Diekman became a biographer and her work in progress on Randy Travis
How James Meredith broke the segregation barrier at Ole Miss
Allison Gilbert & Julia Scheeres: Listen, World! Their biography of the intrepid Elsie Robinson
Work in Progress: A Biography of Marilyn Chambers
A conversation to Jerry Muller about Jacob Taubes, the Professor of Apocalypse
A talk with Beverly Gray about Roger Corman, Ron Howard, and what it takes to do a biography
A Biography of Jack Ruby, you say?
Herman Melville, Lewis Mumford, and the Biographical Quest
A talk about Jackie Ronne, polar explorer with her accomplished biographer, Joanna Kafarowski
Why another biography of Ernest Hemingway?
A conversation with Jim Dougherty about his wife’s great biography of Nazi Reinhard Heydrich
A conversation with Andrew Wilson about Marilyn Monroe, Sylvia Plath, Patricia Highsmith & more
A Biography in Progress: Beth Phillips discusses Clifford Odets and why his work and life matter
The Biography I did not write
To quote Robert Caro: “Turn Ever Page”
A talk with Alison Macor about her new book, The Making of The Best Years of Our Lives
War, trauma, and art in the life of Rudolf H. Sauter, and the process of biography
A Faulknerian novel in which Faulkner appears
A conversation with Michelle Morgan one of the masters of Marilyn Monroe biography
A conversation with David O. Stewart about the worlds of biography and fiction
A talk with master biographer, Nigel Hamilton.
Cynthia Ozick and “The Biographer’s Hat”
Why John C. Calhoun still matters: a talk with his biographer, Robert Elder
The poetry of biography, and the biography of poetry, with Iris Jamahl Dunkle
Talking with Lee Kravetz about his fresh, intriguing depiction of Sylvia Plath and her world
A conversation with David Beveridge, narrator of volume 2 of The Life of William Faulkner
The Story of My Psychoanalysis and Sylvia Plath
Hemingway’s Widow: A Conversation with Timothy Christian about his new biography of Mary Hemingway
A conversation with Kathleen Brady about her biography of the saints of Assisi: Francis and Clare
Another biography for Black History Month.
A conversation with James McGrath Morris, author of Tony Hillerman: A Life
A Biography of the Day for Black History Month
An unusual group biography: The Psychologies of Political Exile: From Ovid to the Dalai Lama
A conversation with Ralph Eubanks, author of A Place Like Mississippi
Don’t Be Afraid! We’re talking theory here.
A lively talk with Steve Paul about Literary Alchemist: The Writing Life of Evan S Connell
Biography of the Day, Part 3
Who is Assia Wevill? Why Does She Matter?
The Biography of the Day, Part 2
Who is Assia Wevill? Why She Matters. Part 1
The Biography of The Day, Part 1
Reposting, due to technical difficult. My interview with Debby Applegate about Madam
Reposting this episode in case you had trouble hearing Debby Applegate talk about Polly Adler
Plutarch Redux: Parallel Poems in the Age of Trump by Robert Hamblin
Who’s Afraid of Theory?
Christmas 1942 at the Faulkners
Mystery Podcast #1: Every biography is an autobiography
A Conversation with Cathy Curtis about her new biography of Elizabeth Hardwick
A talk with Hilary Holladay about her stirring new biography of Adrienne Rich
What’s New in Biography for 2021: The Unknowns and the Knowns
Ray Boomhower talks about his biography of acclaimed war correspondent, Richard Tregaskis
Gay Faulkner and Biography, how the story gets told, and why.
What’s New in Biography, 2021: Three Well Worn Biographical Subjects
Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and most of all Assia Wevill in a new light in Capriccio
The Business of Biography: An Addendum, courtesy of Karen Christensen
The Role Of Interpretation: A Discussion with the Inimitable Hans Renders
The Answer to One Biography is Another Biography
The Answer to One Biography is Another Biography
A conversation with Joseph McBride about Billy Wilder: Dancing on the Edge
A wide-ranging discussion of Billy Wilder’s career, why McBride decided to do a biographical/critical study of the director, and the different objectives of biographical and critical studies in view of McBride’s own work on Frank Capra, John Ford, Steven Spielberg, Orson Welles, and others.
A Capsule History of The Biographical Novel with Michael Lackey
How the biographical novel got started, what it is now, and where we are headed.
What’s New in Biography, Part 3: Show Business and the Archives
Three new biographies that say so much about the art of biography.
A talk about a great figure in the Civil Rights movement, Fannie Lou Hamer.
What’s New in Biography, Part 2
Part 1: What’s New In Biography
Season 2, Episode 1: A Preview of Coming Attractions
Part 5 of my conversation with Tim Christian and Carol Sklenicka about the business of biography
Part 4 of a discussion of the principles, practices and mechanics of biography
A conversation with Susan Ronald about her new biography about Joseph Kennedy, The Ambassador
Talking with Connie Palmen about her biographical novel, written in the voice of Ted Hughes
A talk with Jerome Charyn about his novel, Sergeant Salinger, and the aims of biographical fiction.
Part 3 of our discussion on the principles, practices, and mechanics of biography
More with Tim Christian & Carol Sklenicka about the principles, practices & mechanics of biography
Episode 66: The Principles & Practices of Biography: A Talk with Tim Christian & Carol Sklenicka
Episode 65: Biography and the Hermeneutic Circle
Episode 64: Janet Malcolm and the Black Art of Biography
Episode 63: Talking with Carol Sklenicka about her biography of Alice Adams
Episode 62: A Talk with Kai Bird about his new Shakespearean/Faulknerian biography of Jimmy Carter
Episode 61: Biography Anne Sebba discussing Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy
Episode 60: The Case for Literary Prurience
Episode 59: Biographology
What you need to know about reading, writing, and reviewing biography.
Episode 58: The Roth/Bailey Uproar
Talking with Gail Crowther about her new book on Plath & Sexton, Three-Martini Afternoons at the Ritz
Episode 56: A talk with Ira Nadel about Philip Roth, Leonard Cohen, and authorized/unauthorized bios
Episode 55: Tales Told Out of School, Part 2: 40 Years of Interviewing
Episode 54, Part 1: Tales Told Out of School: 40 Years of Interviews
Episode 53: Mike Peros, biographer of Dan Duryea and José Ferrer & how Mike became a biographer
Episode 52: A Plethora of Plath, or Why So Many Biographies
Episode 51: Talking with Bob Batchelor about his book, biography—how it gets done and so much more.
Episode 50: A talk about biography with John Matteson, author of A Worse Place Than Hell
Episode 49: A talk with Kathleen Spaltro, Author of The Great Lie: The Creation of Mary Astor
Episode 48: A discussion with Sydney Stern about her book, The Brothers Mankiewicz
Episode 47: Justice to Charmian London, a writer who was much more than Jack London’s wife
Episode 46: How I Became A Biographer: A conversation with Richard Bradford
Episode 45: William Faulkner’s Civil War, a talk with Michael Gorra about his new book
Episode 44: The Past Is Never Dead
Episode 43: Talking with William Souder about Mad at the World, his new biography of John Steinbeck
Episode 42: Talking Faulkner biography with Larry Wells, author of the memoir, In Faulkner’s Shadow
Episode 41: Heather Clark on her new Plath Biography.
Episode 40: John Bryant on his new multi-volume Melville biography
Part 3 of my interview with Alexis Coe
Part 2 of my interview with Alexis Coe
Part 1: Alexis Coe author of You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington
Episode 38: Ten Tips For Enterprising Biographers
Episode 37: Why Plath: My Rollicking Interview with Emily Van Dyne about her forthcoming book
How it took 30 years to write 2 pages of The Life of William Faulkner
How it took 30 years to write 2 page of The Life of William Faulkner.
Talking with Peter K. Steinberg, co-editor of The Letters of Sylvia Plath.
Episode 34: Speaking with Celia Stahr about her splendid biography Frida in America
A conversation about Frida Kahlo and her three years in America with a great cast of characters, including Henry Ford, the Rockefeller’s, Georgia O’Keefee, Louis Nevelson and much, much more.
Episode 33: How I Became an Outlaw, Part 2: The Case of Michael Foot
Dealing with family and friends.