Reviews 933 style. As I suggested earlier, some will neglect the work, others will embrace it. Faith-based, academic communities probably will be the primary audi- ence for the work. In the conclusion, Leigh raises questions he does not and cannot answer; nevertheless, they are important questions about the future of spiritual auto- biography. The uncertainty and inquiring tone of the conclusion addresses the complexity of the twenty-first century, and leaves the reader with thought-provoking queries. Betty A. Bergland David Ellis. Literary Lives: Biography and the Search for Understanding. New York: Routledge, 2000. 195 pp. ISBN 0-415-92847-8, $35.00. David Ellis notes at the outset of Literary Lives: Biography and the Search for Understanding the “surprising absence of work on the theory or method of biography” (ix). Even biographers who write about the form, he observes, typically offer “behind-the-scene secrets of the craft without attempting sus- tained analysis” of how this genre ought to function and why (2). Ellis, him- self a practicing biographer (author of Volume 3 of the Cambridge biogra- phy of D. H. Lawrence, The Dying Game 1922–1930 ), has written Literary Lives to fill this gap by examining the responsibilities and principles of liter- ary biography. Because
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