Booking Through Thursday: Author Biographies

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Suggested by Simon Thomas:

Have you ever been put off an author’s books after reading a
biography of them? Or the reverse – a biography has made you love an
author more?

As specifically related to biographies- that's an easy question to answer simply because I don't read very many biographies, and the ones I have read  contained nothing to make me want to boycott the writer's work.  On the contrary, it often brought a greater level of understanding and appreciation of their work.  And, it's also possible that it wasn't such an issue because the writers are dead and lived in the past.  If I judged the dead and their art by whatever life they lead, things they might have invested in, or believed was right in their incarnation of society, then I probably would not be reading a vast majority of anything written prior to the late 1970's, when I made my debut.  There were acceptable forms of society and behavior that were reprehensible to women, people of myriad cultures and ethnicities and homosexuals.

I have been put off by an author whose blog I read.  It didn't change my opinion of their work as I found their writing to be equally as off-putting.  It definitely didn't make me love their work more.

Thoughts anyone?

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  1. I had similar thoughts about long-dead authors. We’d miss out on a lot if we didn’t excuse attitudes and beliefs that were ‘products of their time.’ πŸ™‚

  2. Some of the best writers in history lived pretty racy lives. I agree we would miss out on a lot if we judged everyone by the life they lived. I don’t read biographys much either. Hope you have a great day. =)

  3. One time I did read an author’s blog and my beliefs were quite different. However, it didn’t stop me from reading and enjoying the author’s books. It’s more about the story, for me, then the author’s outlook on life.

  4. I love biographies! I usually start with just the story, and maybe the biographical blurb on the back cover. But sometimes after I have read and enjoyed several books by one author, I like to read more about them, figuring their own life story goes into the stories they write. Often it enhances my reading of their work.

  5. The truth is, at least for me, knowing the life of an author might incline me to read more of the works. Knowing is key to understand the authorial meaning in fiction. After all, author is a life, reading an author is just getting to know the life.

  6. Blogging for authors is a slippery slope! I’ve also been put off by author’s blogs…especially if they are very political.