… Sebastian Shakespeare talks to Beryl Bainbridge | Literary Review | Issue 279
. (Hat tip, Dave Lull)
Can fiction be more truthful than biography?
I’m not sure. It depends who’s writing it. If you stick to the facts of someone’s life and manage to absorb the personality of the subject, then it’s perhaps possible to give a truthful, yet fictional account. After all, who knows what anybody is really like, or what they really think? The biographer – same as a painter of portraits – cannot help but reproduce himself to some degree.
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