149 episodes

Talks and interviews about the life of biography as experienced by a biographer over forty years and fourteen biographies, dealing with subjects ranging from Sylvia Plath to William Faulkner, Marilyn Monroe to Susan Sontag, and much more.

A Life in Biography Carl Rollyson

    • Arts
    • 4.5 • 13 Ratings

Talks and interviews about the life of biography as experienced by a biographer over forty years and fourteen biographies, dealing with subjects ranging from Sylvia Plath to William Faulkner, Marilyn Monroe to Susan Sontag, and much more.

    A talk with Bob Batchelor about his new biography of Jim Morrison, The Doors, and the Sixties

    A talk with Bob Batchelor about his new biography of Jim Morrison, The Doors, and the Sixties

    A wide-ranging conversation about what you might call the music of biography.

    • 49 min
    A conversation with Norman Lock about Voices in the Dead House, novels, biography, and much more

    A conversation with Norman Lock about Voices in the Dead House, novels, biography, and much more

    I talk with Norman Lock about his American novel series, and why it should matter to biographers. This is my longest, most searching podcast.

    • 57 min
    Ellen Brown talks about her work in progress, a biography of Tennessee Williams

    Ellen Brown talks about her work in progress, a biography of Tennessee Williams

    Tennessee Williams, copyright, fair use, research—Ellen Brown covers it all

    • 42 min
    Biography By the Day

    Biography By the Day

    What it is like trying to capture a day by day account of William Faulkner’s life.

    • 16 min
    How Diane Diekman became a biographer and her work in progress on Randy Travis

    How Diane Diekman became a biographer and her work in progress on Randy Travis

    How a biographer begins with nothing—no contacts, no track record—and is successful anyway, writing biographies of Faron Young and Marty Robbins. And wait until you hear about her newsletter!

    • 44 min
    Becoming You

    Becoming You

    Are you the same person you were when you were a child? How this question pertains to biography—the one you are writing and mine.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Steve in Mass ,

Fascinating but needs technical work

I agree with previous reviews. Rollyson and his guests are fascinating but the sound quality is atrocious.

Bob Batchelor ,

Outstanding Podcast!

Carl Rollyson's "A Life in Biography" dives into biography through interviews and discussions with top biograhers, writers, and historians from around the globe. Rollyson is the Dean of American Biography and guides the conversations with insight, wit, and excellent questions. This podcast is a master class in writing, research, publishing, and the life (and lives) of biography.

Nutly19 ,

Great but…

I could not agree more with the previous rating. Fantastic guests with a lot of expertise on the part of the interviewee and host. But the sound…! The interviewer sounds like he’s in a tin tunnel, causing huge swings in columns and clarity between guest and host. It’s disrespectful to the guest/s and to turn listener. Please! Fix the audio and this would be 5 stars.

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