Whose Life Is it, Anyway?: The Literary Biographer's Craft

Authors Blake Bailey, Ruth Franklin, and D.T. Max read from the Folger stage as part of the PEN/Faulkner reading series. A book signing and reception will follow.

Blake Bailey is author of A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates, Cheever: A Life, and, most recently, Farther & Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson. Bailey’s articles and reviews have appeared in Vanity Fair, Slate, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. He lives in Virginia with his wife and daughter.

Ruth Franklin is a book critic and a contributing editor at the The New Republic. Her first book, A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction, was published by Oxford University Press last year. She is currently working on a biography of the American writer Shirley Jackson, to be published by Norton in 2016.

D.T. Max is a graduate of Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. He is the author of, Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace and The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, their two young children, and a rescued beagle who came to them named Max.