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  • Francis Bicknell Carpenter (1830 - 1900)
    Francis Bicknell Carpenter (August 6, 1830 – May 23, 1900) was an American painter born in Homer, New York. Carpenter is best known for his painting First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamat...
  • Colleen Janet Howe (1933 - 2009)
  • Hope Hale Davis (1903 - 2004)
    Hope Hale Davis was an author and writing teacher whose memoir of the 1930s recounted her experiences as an early feminist and communist, died of pneumonia Saturday in Boston at the age of 100. Dav...
  • Claud Cockburn (1904 - 1981)
    Francis Claud Cockburn of Brook Lodge, Youghal, County Cork, Munster, Ireland ( /ˈkoʊbərn/ KOH-bərn; 12 April 1904 – 15 December 1981) was a British journalist. He ...
  • <private> (Davis-Goff)
    Annabel Davis-Goff (born 19 February 1942) is an Irish writer. Davis-Goff was born in Ireland to Anglo-Irish parents. Her father was Sir Ernest William Davis-Goff, 3rd Bt; her mother was Alice Cynt...

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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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