Biographies are everywhere. It is a written account about the life of another person.
Some say it can serve as press release for someone; as in heroes, so their feat are acclaimed in history.
Information must be confirmed. Details must conform to journalistic standards.
According to writing professor Cristina Pantoja – Hidalgo (Creative Nonfiction, A Manual) In Shorer’s view: “The best biographer is a drudge, a critic, and an artist.”
Moreover, biographies of saints are carefully studied. They are out to the public to inspire communities about good works and charity. Biographies of Saints act as role models to fulfill a mission.
A life account of leaders, inventors, writers and some famous people are included in school curriculum for history, arts, reading subjects, and cultural studies, among others.
The Lives of the Poet
Samuel Johnson wrote the “Lives of the Poets.” According to Edwin B. Barrett (Hamilton College) “Johnson’s wisdom is, one decides at last, the noblest kind of wordly wisdom. Its limits are narrow, and its greatest effort is to preserve its limits, but within those bounds there is the possibility of great insight and a princely calm that encourages us to be grander beings in this world.”
James Boswell wrote the “Biography of Samuel Johnson.” Boswell won the friendship of Johnson and both went on a grand tour like Scotland and Hebrides Islands.
Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson doubles the reader’s rewards: it reveals not just one fine character but two. Together they provide a dramatic contrast. The book is the most famous biography in the English language.
Dr Johnson said: “Goldsmith’s Life of Parnell is poor; not that it is poorly written, but that he had poor materials; for nobody can write the life of a man, but those who have eat and drunk and lived in social intercourse with him.”
“Tom Davies described the laugh of Samuel Johnson as drolly enough: “He laughs like a rhinoceros.”
“Johnson said about marriage – “Marriage is the best state for a man in general; and every man is a worse man, in proportion as he is unfit for the married state.”
What makes a good subject for biography?
Professor Cristina Pantoja- Hidalgo, in “Creative Writing for Filipino Writers ” give us these directions:
* a person who has always fascinated you,
* a person other people are likely to want to read about,
* a person whose story needs to be told,
* a person whose life is accessible to you (If they are alive, are they likely to consent? If not, are their heirs likely to make themselves and important document available to you?