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USS Tang 11-27-2012 06:19 PM

Why Are There So Few Female Biographers?
 
Aside from Barbara Tuchman (Joseph Stilwell) and Mary Buck (Queen Elizabeth I), can you name any of significance?

USS Tang 11-28-2012 04:42 AM

I meant serious biographers, plus she was using a ghost writer.

stringertom 11-28-2012 05:47 AM

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winner, is quite accomplished as a biographer of many of the great US presidents.

USS Tang 11-28-2012 07:10 AM

Her Team of Rivals about Lincoln and his cabinet is excellent, but it is not a true biography because it does not focus soley on one individual like, say, David McCullough's Truman.

El Diablo 11-28-2012 08:21 AM

^^ I see where this thread is headed -- any female biographer you can name is not a REAL biographer. Did the OP pose the question in order to learn something or for purely pedantic reasons?

stringertom 11-28-2012 08:49 AM

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Originally Posted by USS Tang (Post 7036080)
Her Team of Rivals about Lincoln and his cabinet is excellent, but it is not a true biography because it does not focus soley on one individual like, say, David McCullough's Truman.

Her books on LBJ and FDR (the Pulitzer winner) are pure bios.

ollinger 11-28-2012 08:57 AM

The answer may be gender bias in what gets published. Huffington Post did an interesting review of sex bias in publishing in March of this year; you should read it. Two months ago Scientific American looked at the same question with regard to hiring and publishing in the scientific community. They too found clear indications of gender bias, with, for example, the exact same materials being far more likely to be rated highly when a male name was attached than a female name. You should read it.

jswinf 11-28-2012 09:59 AM

Gen. Petraeus had a female biographer, and didn't that work out well?

LuckyR 11-28-2012 10:01 AM

Does being a plagerizer make one not of "significance"?

dParis 11-28-2012 11:10 AM

The simple answer is that there aren't enough black kickers and punters in the NFL for them to write biographies for. Duh.

r2473 11-28-2012 11:26 AM

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Originally Posted by jswinf (Post 7036298)
Gen. Petraeus had a female biographer, and didn't that work out well?

Doesn't this guy have only 1 leg and run in the olympics too?


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