Biography: The Story of Our Times

July 15, 2014

“There is one rule [to writing biography] that all who try their hand at it come to know: until the protagonist reveals his or her character—his or her inner self—what the biographer produces is less a life than a report, an autopsy rather than the record of a séance.” David Levering Lewis writes for The American Scholar about biography and writing “the lives of African-American figures, and [finding] in them the story of our times.”

is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York and every so often writes things at kaulielewis.wordpress.com.

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