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Don't Write a Biography of a Person Whose Life Is Not a Good Story

How to begin? I had always shuddered at biographies that began, "It was a clear, cold morning in mid-December 1830, when the cry of a newborn baby broke the winter stillness." And once you begin, how to tell the story of a life that had no story?Richard B. Sewall in Extra Ordinary Lives, edited by William Zinsser, 1986
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