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The Mock-Biography of Edwin Mullhouse

Timothy Dow Adams
Biography
Vol. 5, No. 3 (Summer 1982), pp. 205-214
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23539237
Page Count: 10
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The Mock-Biography of Edwin Mullhouse
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Abstract

Steven Millhauser's first novel, Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of An American Writer, 1943—1954 by Jeffrey Cartwright, is an interesting and valuable book for a consideration of the complexities of the art of biography, especially the relationship between biographer and subject, and an important example of a subgenre of biography—the mock-biography—which combines elements of fiction and nonfiction (sometimes literally, sometimes mockingly by incorporating fictional nonfiction within the fictional construct), and parodies the conventions of biography.

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