From: Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]>
> Beyond that, as has been suggested, the biographies all leave much to be
> desired, though that I think is a problem not with the authors not having
> read all of Eliot's letters but with the agendas brought to the writing by
> the individual biographers.
> A possible antidote, as just suggested in Guy Brown's post, is to to read
> around the many memoirs and shorter personal remembrances to get a sense
> the actual man, rather than one writer's effort to rescript his life to
> or his preference.
I don't see why personal remembrances or memoirs should escape the suspicion
of being informed by particular agendas.
As for the biographies, they may be biased, but one can hardly blame Ackroyd
or Gordon for not having had direct access to the man himself (where would
that leave, say, Keats or Tennyson biographers?). Moreover, Gordon in
particular consulted and incorporated many personal sources in her own work,
as any conscientious biographer would do.
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