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13. The Boundaries of Biography: A Genre at the Crossroads

Sunday, 3 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Public Garden, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: John Matteson, John Jay Coll. of Criminal Justice, City Univ. of New York

1. "Louisa and Me and Margaret Makes Three: Empathy and Interpretation in the Writing of Biography," John Matteson

2. "Turbulent Indigo: The Perils and Pleasures of Writing a Joni Mitchell Biography," David Yaffe, Syracuse Univ.

3. "What If There Are No Letters? Writing the Life of Lucy Terry," Gretchen Gerzina, Dartmouth Coll.

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  • General Literature – Nonfictional Prose

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