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Panel: Biographers' Tales with Judith Thurman and Edmund White, moderated by James Atlas - Fully Registered

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 6:30 PM
| Open to the public | Members' Room | $15 per person | advance registration required

Three master biographers take center stage to excavate and celebrate their art and craft, inspired by James Atlas’ new memoir. The Shadow in the Garden brings the biographer out of the shadows in a funny, poignant, endearing tale of how writers’ lives get documented.

Judith Thurman’s award-winning biographical works include Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller, Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette, and Cleopatra’s Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire.

Edmund White is the author of many novels, including A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and, most recently, Our Young Man. His nonfiction includes City Boy, Inside a Pearl, and other memoirs; The Flâneur, about Paris; and literary biographies and essays. His Genet: A Biography won the Book Critics Circle Award. White teaches at Princeton University.

James Atlas is the author of Bellow: A Biography; Delmore Schwartz: The Life of an American Poet (nominated for the National Book Award); and the memoir My Life in the Middle Ages: A Survivor’s Tale. The founder of the Lipper/Viking Penguin Lives series, Atlas was for many years an editor at the New York Times, first at the book review and later at the magazine. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, and other journals.


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