This is not so much a review as a declaration of principles after reading some of the reviews on this site: 1. Review the book that was actually written, not what you think an ideal biography should be. 2. Think of what it means to write the first biography of a subject. 3. Consider what it means to work on a living figure. 4. Categorize the biography in terms of other unauthorized biographies. Analyze the sources available to the biographer and how he or she uses them. 5. Waste no time fretting that the biographer did not have the cooperation of the subject and certain friends of hers.
These principles and more will be the subject of my next column in bibliobuffet.com