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65,310.  The Art of Biography

Is different from Geography.

Geography is about Maps,

But Biography is about Chaps.  (Biography & Epigram & Geography)  Edmund Clerihew Bentley 1875-1956, English writer

 

 

65,311.  Nobody can write the life of a man, but those who have eat and drunk and lived in social intercourse with him.  Samuel Johnson

 

 

75,904.  History is the essence of innumerable biographies.  (History & Biography)  Thomas Carlyle

 

 

65,312.  Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography.  Oscar Wilde, Intentions 1891

 

 

65,327.  Biography lends to death a new terror.  Oscar Wilde

 

 

65,313.  I am writing biography, not history, and the truth is that the most brilliant exploits often tell us nothing of the virtues or vices of the men who performed them, while on the other hand a chance remark or a joke may reveal far more of a man’s character than the mere feat of winning battles in which thousands fall, or of marshalling great armies, or laying siege to cities.  Plutarch, Parallel Lives

 

 

65,314.  Just how difficult it is to write biography can be reckoned by anybody who sits down and considers just how many people know the truth about his or her love affairs.  Rebecca West

 

 

65,315.  I never read the life of any important person without discovering that he knew more and could do more than I could ever hope to know or to do in half a dozen lifetimes.  J B Priestley, Apes and Angels 1928

 

 

65,316.  Discretion is not the better part of biography.  (Biography & Discretion)  Lytton Strachey

 

 

65,317.  I think biography can be more personal than fiction, and certainly can be more expressive.  Peter Ackroyd

 

 

65,318.  I long

To hear the story of your life, which must

Take the ear strangely.  William Shakespeare, The Tempest V i @315, Alonso

 

 

65,319.  On 7th December the literary world of Manhattan was astonished by the news of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes had agreed to tell his life story to an obscure Clifford Irving, previously best known for a book named Fake.  (Biography & Hoax)  Great Crimes and Trials: Howard Hughes Biography Hoax

 

65,320.  His first love was aviation and breaking records.  (Biography & Hoax)  ibid.

 

65,321.  Hughes was called before a Congressional committee to explain why the Spruce Goose had cost US taxpayers $18,000,000 for a white elephant.  But he shrugged it off.  As he did another committee hearings the same year.  (Biography & Hoax)  ibid.

 

65,322.  Growing ever more eccentric, Howard Hughes believed to be the richest man in America hid his face completely when moving in and out of hotels.  The only people who ever saw it were his five Mormon bodyguards.  (Biography & Hoax)  ibid.

 

65,323.  The hoax had gained worldwide publicity.  (Biography & Hoax)  ibid.

 

 

65,324.  Book Called A Hoax By Hughes Company.  (Biography & Hoax)  The New York Times article

 

 

65,325.  Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man.  The biography of the man himself cannot be written.  Mark Twain

 

 

65,326.  I just love biography, and I'm fascinated by people who have shifted our destinies or our points of view.  Richard Attenborough

 

 

65,328.  But for a few phrases from his letters and an odd line or two of his verse, the poet walks gagged through his own biography.  John Updike

 

 

65,329.  Biography should be written by an acute enemy.  Arthur Balfour

 

 

65,330.  There is properly no history; only biography.  (Biography & History)  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

65,331.  Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.  Benjamin Disraeli, Contarini Fleming 1832

 

 

102,389.  In his lifetime the writer Christopher Hitchens fixed his devastating gaze on the likes of Henry Kissinger, the Clintons and even Mother Teresa.  The Hitch, Youtube 2014

 

102,390.  His most lasting legacy may be his atheism.  ibid.

 

102,391.  For a long time Chris was a staple of the left-wing media.  ibid.

 

102,392.  He has called Henry Kissinger a war-criminal and Bill Clinton a raving psycho.  ibid.

 

102,393.  She [mother] escorted me to my boarding school at the age of eight.  ibid.  Chris

 

102,394.  The room behind me [mother’s suicide] is full of death and darkness and depression.  ibid.

 

102,395.  The Case for War by Christopher Hitchens.  ibid.

 

102,396.  Covered in a coat of powder, grey powder, made of people …  ibid.  Chris

 

102,397.  The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species.  (Biography & Certainty)  ibid.

 

 

102,419.  On November 5th 2001 world renowned author, lecturer, radio show host and ex-naval intelligence officer William Cooper was killed under suspicious circumstances outside his home in Edgar Arizona.  (Assassination & Biography)  The Hour of Our Time: The Legacy of William Cooper

 

102,420.  ‘Read everything, listen to everybody, don’t trust anything unless you can prove it with your own research.’  (Assassination & Biography & Research & Advice)  ibid.  Bill

 

102,421.  The sound of a captivating voice in the wilderness, that authoritative and self-assured voice for five nights a week would educate us, enlighten us and more importantly warn us.  (Assassination & Biography)  ibid.

 

86,631.  One of the most popular underground conspiracy books of all time: Behold a Pale Horse.  ibid.  

 

102,422.  The 42 hours’ worth of dedicated broadcasts … Mystery Babylon.  ibid.  

 

102,423.  ‘Friends would come over and we would listen to Bill Cooper.’  ibid.  fan

 

102,424.  Harassed by government agents who kept watch on him.  (Assassination & Biography)  ibid.   

 

102,425.  ‘Be prepared for a major attack.  But it won’t be Osama bin Laden; it’ll be those behind the New World Order … They must do something terrible.’  ibid.  Bill’s broadcast 28th June 2001

 

102,426.  ‘After leaving his residence in his vehicle, the report states that Cooper confronted plain clothed deputies a short distance away’.  ibid.  Sierra Times   

 

102,427.  Bill’s body was lying by the doorstep of his house for approximately 15 hours while officials waited for a robot to be sent up from Phoenix in order his evaluate his house and property for explosives.  ibid.

 

102,428.  ‘In making these broadcasts I have sealed my fate.’  ibid.  Bill

 

 

112,422.  Having served his screen apprenticeship he went on from being documentary subject to documentary presenter.  (Engineering & Steeplejack & Compliment & Biography)  Fred Dibnah: A Tribute to Fred, BBC 2004

 

112,423.  Fred served his apprenticeship as a joiner but all the time despite parental disapproval he pursued his goal of becoming a steeplejack.  (Engineering & Steeplejack & Compliment & Biography)  ibid.  

 

112,424.  ‘I have neglected my business, everything really, for the sake of his ten ton of iron.’  (Engineering & Steeplejack & Compliment & Biography)  ibid.  Fred

 

112,425.  ‘Traction engines are good things; they don’t answer back.’  (Engineering & Steeplejack & Compliment & Biography)  ibid.  Fred to group of old ladies

 

112,426.  ‘He was a great television presenter.’  (Engineering & Steeplejack & Compliment & Biography)  ibid.  Paul Daniels

 

112,427.  But there was always a sense of sadness, a great sense of loss for the sights and sounds of industries that have long disappeared.  (Engineering & Steeplejack & Compliment & Biography)  ibid.

 

112,428.  As a young man Fred went to art school.  (Engineering & Steeplejack & Compliment & Biography)  ibid.

 

112,429.  Fred’s cancer was first diagnosed in 2001.  (Engineering & Steeplejack & Compliment & Biography)  ibid.  

 

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