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  • Gore Vidal (1925 - 2012)
    Gore Vidal Born Eugene Luther Gore Vidal on October 3, 1925 (1925-10-03) (age 84) in West Point, New York Pen name Edgar Box, Cameron Kay, Katherine Everard Occupation Novelist, essayist, jo...
  • Charles Robertson Forbes,Sr. (1863 - 1959)
    Charles Robertson Forbes, Sr. (22 August 1863 - 21 December 1959) son of Mormon pioneers John Mitchell Forbes, Sr. and Ann Robertson, was born 22 August 1863 at Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, three ye...
  • Brando Skyhorse
    Brando Skyhorse is an American author and winner of the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2011 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction for his novel, The Madonnas of Echo Park. On his name: His Mex...

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Writing a life story is "the invention of me" - and an unreliable source for genealogists.

"A memoir," says Gore Vidal, "is how one remembers one's own life, while an autobiography is history, requiring research, dates, facts double-checked. In a memoir it isn't the end of the world if your memory tricks you and your dates are off by a week or a month as long as you honestly try to tell the truth" (Palimpsest: A Memoir, 1995).

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