Saturday, July 24, 2010

New Graphic Biographies

Audacity: New Graphic Biographies
By Jerry Griswold
The authors of “The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived” make the case that imaginary characters (King Arthur, Cinderella, Nancy Drew, and others) are more likely to shape our lives than real life folks. I don’t need to be persuaded; the biographies available during my childhood– lives of historical figures, celebrity athletes, and Catholic saints–were uniformly dull. These four new biographies, however, are different: not only because they are interesting, but in their graphic presentation and shared message. Amelia Earhart, Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali, and Pablo Neruda were audacious. They didn’t hang back but went on to strive for much more.

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