“Writing a biography is like a chess game—you can’t just move the pieces where you want, because you are bound to the facts of the life, but you can make the life story move. And so a lot of what I wanted to do as a novelist I have tried to use to change biographical storytelling—to tell the truth in a way that goes into the very system of the person who is reading it.” —Michael Holroyd, whose 2013 Art of the Biography interview is now available in full online.

“Writing a biography is like a chess game—you can’t just move the pieces where you want, because you are bound to the facts of the life, but you can make the life story move. And so a lot of what I wanted to do as a novelist I have tried to use to change biographical storytelling—to tell the truth in a way that goes into the very system of the person who is reading it.” —Michael Holroyd, whose 2013 Art of the Biography interview is now available in full online.

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