This issue of Biography is now available; people might be especially interested in the thoughtful and gracious tributes extended to those important scholars who have passed in the last year or so.

There’s also the annual critical bibliography of works about life writing, and coming soon–a special issue on Biography and Poetry, edited by Anna Jackson.
Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 38.4 (Fall 2015)

Editors’ Note    iii–iv

In Remembrance

James Olney (1933–2015)

   John Eakin, “James Olney and the Study of Autobiography”   465–471
   Cynthia Huff, “A Tribute to James Olney”    471–474
   Sidonie Smith, “In Memoriam, James Olney”    474–475
   Julia Watson, “Remembering James Olney”    475–478

David Parker (1944–2015)

   Mary Besemeres, “Remembering David”    479–482
   John Eakin, “David Parker and the Good of Life Writing”    482–484
   Richard Freadman, “For David Parker”    484–486

Tim Dow Adams (1943–2014)

   Craig Howes, “Remembering Tim Dow Adams”    487–490


Ingrid Horrocks, “ʻsomething else is going on, an interaction, an exchangeʻ: Martin Edmond’s Lives”    491–511

This article analyzes New Zealand-born essayist and biographer Martin Edmond’s evolving biographical practice, and argues that it is revealing because it both maintains the centrality of the first person singular so common to life writing, and works to stretch to its limits the very idea of what it is to be a person.

Ingrid Horrocks, “Martin Edmond: An Interview”    512–522

This conversation focuses on three of Edmond’s major works of biography, The Autobiography of my Father (1993), The Resurrection of Philip Clairmont(1999), and Dark Night: Walking with McCahon (2011), as well as his first book-length work of memoir, Chronicle of the Unsung (2004). The conversation moves in and out of discussions of auto/biography, comparing its workings to lyric, biopic, and feature films.

Kimberly Katz, “The ʻDual Era” in Hebron through the Diaries of Sami ‘Amr”    523–542

Sami Amr’s diary entries explore the continuity of his personal life in Hebron during the transitional period from World War II under the British Mandate to the 1948–1949 period when the war in Palestine was ending. Sami also tries to negotiate the new, but uncertain, political situation known as the “Dual Era” when both Jordan and Egypt claim rule over Hebron.

Kate J. Waites, “Sarah Polley’s Documemoir Stories We Tell: The Refracted Subject”    543–555

Sarah Polley’s documemoir Stories We Tell (2013) stretches the boundaries of the memoir genre while adding a meta-twist to the documentary film. It does so by documenting her personal journey to investigate her muddled parentage through the lens of artifacts and interviews with family members and friends, and by foregrounding the director and filmmaking process. With deft editing and a postmodern method of approaching her subject, the director balances multiple perspectives to arrive at an approximation of the “truth” concerning her deceased mother’s shadow life and its impact on her family, and more significantly, on Polley’s own refracted identity. By combining fictional elements with her self-reflexive filmmaking, Polley highlights the degree to which the self that is represented in, and produced by, the film is a dynamic, ongoing performance constructed in relationship to others.

Phyllis E. Wachter, “Annual Bibliography of Works about Life Writing, 2014–2015”    556–703


Storytelling and Science: Rewriting Oppenheimer in the Nuclear Age, by David Hecht; reviewed by Candida Rifkind    704–708

We Shall Bear Witness: Life Narratives and Human Rights, edited by Meg Jensen and Margaretta Jolly; reviewed by Bethany Ober Mannon    708–710

Outsider Biographies: Savage, de Sade, Wainewright, Ned Kelly, Billy the Kid, Rimbaud and Genet. Base Crime and High Art in Biography and Bio-Fiction, 1744–2000, by Ian H. Magedera; reviewed by Jane Darcy    711–71

Narcissism and Politics: Dreams of Glory, by Jerrold M. Post; reviewed by Eyal Zisser    713–717

Contributors    718–720
Index to Volume 38: 2015    721–724