What’s the difference between autobiography and memoir? I got to thinking after wrapping up this issue’s Picks, which include Dorothy Cotton’s If Your Back’s Not Bent: How the Civil Rights Movement Gained Victory and Claude Lanzmann’s The Patagonian Hare: A Memoir. SCLC insider Cotton, a long-time associate of Dr. Martin Luther King, relates her up-from-poverty life and ongoing civil rights efforts; Shoah director Lanzmann, a long-time associate of Sartre and de Beauvoir, has as lengthy and dramatic a tale to tell. But his work is billed as a memoir‚ something I tend to think of as slice-of-life meditative, not comprehensive. Since Lanzmann’s work is on my dying-to-read pile, I may get an answer to this question sooner than I think. In the meantime, thoughts welcome.
A Note from Barbara, September 25, 2011
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