Unauthorized Biography

Friday, December 10, 2010


In the hierarchy of journalistic respect, the "unauthorized biographer," we might agree, falls somewhere above the gossip columnist. How far above is a matter of debate. And author Kitty Kelley, who has sold millions such biographies, fired off an eloquent salvo in that debate recently in an essay she published in "The American Scholar." Kelley defends the unauthorized.

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Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

I found it very interesting to hear from Kelley directly here. Not one to indulge in the type of exploitation programing on which she is generally interviewed, I hadn't heard her case. When you think about it, every biography written posthumously is more or less unauthorized. Unless the author has a family or an estate that sue you, you're home safe.

Beware authorized truths!

Dec. 14 2010 03:14 AM

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