[PAST EVENT] Donaldson to explore "the impossible craft"

September 24, 2015
Blow Memorial Hall, Room 201
262 Richmond Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Prof. Donaldson is an acclaimed literary biographer who has published books on John Cheever, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Archibald MacLeish, among others. The subject of his talk will be "'Summer of 1924: Zelda's Affair, describing a central event in the lives of the Fitzgeralds. He notes, "13 biographers have attempted to make sense of [the event] over the years, often based on false information and arriving at widely differing views. It's the subject of one of the 'case studies' in my new book, The Impossible Craft: Literary Biography, about the difficulty of writing authoritative and accurate accounts of the lives of writers, who are after all, in Victoria Glendinning's phrase, 'licensed liars' by trade."

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