Tell Me True
"The memoir has been, on the one hand, a startling success story in American publishing in the past quarter century. But it has also been literature's changeling, the bad apple, ever suspect, slightly illegitimate, a brassy parvenu talking too much about itself." - Patricia Hampl, "You're History" BalancingMore »
"The memoir has been, on the one hand, a startling success story in American publishing in the past quarter century. But it has also been literature's changeling, the bad apple, ever suspect, slightly illegitimate, a brassy parvenu talking too much about itself." - Patricia Hampl, "You're History" 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 staying 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. 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. Contributors: Andre Aciman, Matt Becker, June Cross, Carlos Eire, Helen Epstein, Samuel G Freedman, Patricia Hampl, Fenton Johnson, Alice Kaplan, Annette Kobak, Michael MacDonald, Elaine Tyler May, Cheri Register, D. J. Waldie Patricia Hampl is the author of three memoirs, including most recently The Florist's Daughter. Elaine Tyler May has written several books on twentieth-century American history. Both are Regents Professors at the University of Minnesota.« Less
memoir, history, and writing a life
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
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