Partisan Review Hosts Autobiography, Biography & Memoir Conference at Boston University, October 6-7

in Arts, News Releases
September 13th, 2000

Contact: Laura Mikols, 617-353-3666 |

(Boston, Mass.) — Saul Bellow headlines a two-day conference, Autobiography, Biography and Memoir, presented by Partisan Review at Boston University on October 6 and 7. The conference brings together some of the foremost novelists, essayists and literary critics to explore the approaches, critiques, and aims in writing biographies, autobiographies and memoirs.

On the heels of his highly acclaimed novel Ravelstein, an elegy to his late friend Allan Bloom, Bellow will join Michal Govrin and Andre Aciman to discuss “How True to Life is Biography?” Panelists at other sessions include, Conor Cruise O’Brien, Norman Manea, Stanley Crouch, Leonard Michaels, Jay Martin, Geoffrey Hartman, Francine du Plessix Gray, Hilary Spurling, Denis Donoghue and Boston University President Jon Westling.

“This is the first time leading writers have been brought together to discuss their subjects,” says Edith Kurzweil, editor of Partisan Review. “When you hear them speak, you will applaud them—not only for their knowledge, but for their original take on literary and political issues and for their sense of irony and humor.”

Topics set for discussion include whether writers purposefully fictionalize their own experiences or unconsciously draw upon them, ways of writing about oneself and how to recapture selective memory.

Conference sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, October 6, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 7. The conference, held at George Sherman Union at Boston University, is free and open to the public.

For more information call 617/353-4260 or visit Partisan Review’s website,

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