ERIC Number: ED255940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar-29
Reference Count: 0
Adolescent Literature Is More Than the YA Novel: Making a Case for Biography.
Biography is a form of nonfiction that, when well-researched and well-written, can be as enjoyable and as engaging as the best of novels. The quality of these books can be judged by the quality of writing and by the honesty and accuracy in the presentation of the subject. There has to be in the text or in supporting materials some assurance that the writer has researched the subject adequately. Although biography means literally "life writing," no biographer presents a complete portrait of an individual's life. Some biographers work from firsthand experiences with their subjects, as in the case of James Boswell's recording the "life" of Samuel Johnson. Truth remains a vital element of biography of any kind, though this has not always been practiced. For example, Parson Weems endowed George Washington with legendary honesty through the cherry tree episode. Publishers have much to say about the nature of the biographies they publish for young readers. Biography may also be found in the comic book realm, and some receive a special boost through the success of films. Biographies can be a deeply felt and deeply thoughtful reading experience. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference (4th, Houston, TX, March 28-30, 1985).