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Tell me true : memoir, history, and writing a life

Author: Patricia Hampl; Elaine Tyler May
Publisher: St. Paul, MN : Borealis Books, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Balancing precariously between history and literature, memoir writers have finally found their place on the bookshelf. But increased notoriety brings intense scrutiny: memoirists are expected to create a narrative worthy of fiction while also saying true to the facts. Historians, too, handle tricky issues of writing from "real life," when imagination must fill gaps in the historical record." "In this landmark  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Hampl; Elaine Tyler May
ISBN: 9780873516303 0873516303 9780873518154 0873518152
OCLC Number: 227000161
Description: 231 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction / Patricia Hampl & Elaine Tyler May --
The lion and the lamb, or the facts and the truth : memoir as bridge / Fenton Johnson --
Whose war? / Annette Kobak --
Coming to memoir as a journalist / Helen Epstein --
All in the family / June Cross --
It's all in the past / Michael Patrick MacDonald --
Confessions of a memoir thief / Elaine Tyler May --
Lady of the lake / Alice Kaplan --
The we in the me : memoir as community / Matt Becker --
You're history / Patricia Hampl --
Memoir matters / Cheri Register --
Where falsehoods dissolve : memory as history / Carlos Eire --
Making memory / Samuel G. Freedman --
Rue delta / André Aciman --
Public policy/private lives / D.J. Waldie --
Acknowledgments --
Contributors.
Responsibility: edited by Patricia Hampl and Elaine Tyler May.
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"Balancing precariously between history and literature, memoir writers have finally found their place on the bookshelf. But increased notoriety brings intense scrutiny: memoirists are expected to create a narrative worthy of fiction while also saying true to the facts. Historians, too, handle tricky issues of writing from "real life," when imagination must fill gaps in the historical record." "In this landmark collection, Patricia Hampl and Elaine Tyler May have gathered fourteen original essays from award-winning memoirists and historians. They are all storytellers, wrestling with a fascinating gray area where memory intersects with history and where the necessities of narrative collide with mundane facts. And whether the record emerges from archival sources or from personal memory, these writers show how to make the leap to telling a good story, while also telling us true."--Jacket.

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