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  • Rosemary Breslin (1957 - 2004)
    Daily News Obituary NEW YORK WRITER Rosemary Breslin's 15-year battle with a mysterious blood disease ended Monday when the nameless scourge she described in an acclaimed memoir took her life. Bresli...
  • Joan Dunne
    Joan Didion is an American author best known as a novelist and writer of personalized, journalistic essays. The disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos upon which her essays comment are ex...
  • Fay Wray (1907 - 2004)
    Vina Fay Wray (September 15, 1907 – August 8, 2004) was a Canadian–American actress and the first ever scream queen. In 1928, director Erich von Stroheim cast Wray as the main female lead in his tr...

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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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