Thursday, August 05, 2010

Book Pairings Pt. 1

I have had this idea to read a biography and an autobiography of the same person. My requirement was, however, that they both be of literary merit. So I wrote to Jonathan Yardley of the Washington Post for his advice. He graciously responded with the following suggestion:

Happy Days, Newspaper Days, or Heathen Days, by H.L. Mencken & The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken, by Terry Teachout 

J also came up with a good pairing in Douglas MacArthur's Reminiscences & American Caesar, by William Manchester.

And here's another: Curiculum Vitae, by Muriel Spark &  Muriel Spark: The Biography, by Martin Stannard (though I have heard some mixed reviews of this biography). 

Do you have any suggestions?

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