A forum for the discussion of biography in the 21st century.

Bogdanor on Churchill

May 30th, 2011 | Posted by Ray Monk in Discussion - (2 Comments)

An interesting recent New Statesman article here.

Leaving aside his implicit (and, I believe) false assumption that there is such a thing as a “definitive biography,” Bogdanor has some interesting reasons for dismissing some of the biographies of Churchill written so far. I was especially struck by his dismissal of Gilbert’s huge, multi-volumed life as a mere “chronology.” Is that fair?

Start: May 21, 2011                                                     Venue: National Press Club

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Artist Biographies

May 21st, 2011 | Posted by drbexl in Discussion - (0 Comments)

Although not specifically a biographer, I am looking forward to the debates coming through this website. For my PhD ‘The Planning, Design and Reception of British Home Front Propaganda Posters of the Second World War’, I was interested in the posters designers, and was keen to establish (albeit small) biographies of the artists, so that we could establish their perspective and ‘read’ that into the design. See all the artist biographies.

There was a handful of well known graphic designers who appear in National Biographies, or had websites dedicated to their work, but most of it was a slog through the internet (I finished in 2004, so not as much information as there is now, when it would probably be interesting to go through again) to find bits and pieces of information. The majority of visitors to the site (before Keep Calm and Carry On took off), came through their hunt for information on particular artists (and not always the biggest ones), so there’s definitely an interest in that perspective.