Biography today: A commentary

Jill Roe*

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Are we living in a 'golden age' of biography? This extended commentary on biography today concludes that we probably are. Based on a selection of recent significant biographies, mostly Australian, a long association with the Australian Dictionary of Biography, and personal experience, it offers a perspective on the enhanced status of biography, highlights the widening scope and inclusiveness of the genre, and notes its increasingly porous boundaries. Problems of innovation are considered as well as achievements. Some current issues and expectations are also addressed. An awareness that the collapse of 'grand narratives' in the 1970s has created new opportunities for biography underpins the argument.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-118
Number of pages12
JournalAustralian Historical Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012


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