Who Writes an AutobiographyWho' s writing an autobiography?
If autobiography turns into memoirs | textbooks
In the past, authoring one's own story was referred to as autobiography, but today it is increasingly referred to as memoirs. As a rule, an autobiography is proof of achievement. Any kind of person, more or less popular, they can either be a footballer, a politician or a newsreader. Actions, glory and an interesting one are not necessary.
In order for a memorandum to be successful under these conditions, on the ground that all life is interesting if it is implemented well enough, the letter must be good. This is VS Pritchett in Midnight Oil, the second book of his memoires (although he was still autobiographical at the date of the 1971 release), when he described his 1920s Paris days as a young man trying to loose his cherry.
"Talking about lovemaking means making lovemaking. "And here is Anne Robinson in her memoirs of an inappropriate mother (2001), when she lost her cherry in the early 1960s: In the next few months I can see that we made several loves. "This is not to show that Pritchett was a better author than Robinson - he was a better author than most of his family.
His profession was to write - shorts, fiction, essays and so on - and he put all his skills into his memoir, which are fine replicas of his 50 or more years ago, especially in their details (the ash tray, the table), in the way they evoked moments, epiphanies and people.
I think we loved each other more than once in the next few months. "What makes the distinction between Robinson and Picchett, between memoirs and autobiography, is the old separation between showing and noting. Picchett shows - you are in the picture with him. As Robinson says - here are the things she recalls, and when she can't recall so well ("I think...."), she's sincere enough to say that.
First is clear proof that a author is actually or manque at work, the second is a author with a confined or at least different vision of what to do. Had Pritchett Robinson been - a hard performance, I admit - we would have been in the apartment above the store in Fulham for several pages and would have had a much greater feel for why sexual intercourse is fantastic.
Yet it is the Romanesque detail - the talk in the Paris cafe - that counts when it comes to composing contemporary memoirs. Frank McCourt, when he wrote Angela's Ashes, did he really recall all those talks from his poor Limerickhood? Pritchett may have kept very large journals.
Pritchette's memoir is one of my favorite novels, but my response to the query is that I'm not sure. Memoir authoring has evolved a little since Pritchett's days; young folks do it; young folks who have attended the schools of Inwriting. I' ve asked the author for a small overhaul. Gradually it became clear that the author had merged two different events - years apart - to minister to the play.
"This play is a souvenir - it's not a non-fiction book. And we can assume that Pritchett said to himself: "One should be on safe grounds with the old-fashioned autobiography, although even with Robinson's clearly spelled (and good) report on her own lives I can feel a writer of memoirs fighting to get out. You and I were Sunday Times co-workers 30 years ago, and I get a walk-through section on page 127.
I have just come from Glasgow and she asked me "out of compassion for a young man alone in London" to have dinner at her home in Canonbury on Sunday. She was married to Charlie Wilson, later Times journalist, but then at the Daily Mail. "He also said that the Sunday Times was full of long-haired thinkers who wouldn't know a single thing if they bite them in the nuts.
About the same quotation - minus the "Aye" - appeared in Arnold Wesker's Journey Into Journalism, his report about his 1971 sojourn in the Sunday Times.