Hilary Spurling: Pearl Buck in China

Biographer Spurling, discussing her just published Burying the Bones: Pearl Buck in China, talked about Pearl Buck’s visceral identification with Chinese peasants, her literary legacy and her amnesia about unpleasant events in her past. Hilary Spurling is the award-winning biographer of the painter Henri Matisse and novelists Ivy Compton-Burnett and Paul Scott. The second volume […]

Carole Angier & Sally Cline: The Arvon Book of Life Writing

At our very first Salon, Angier and Cline discussed their forthcoming book, which is based on a week-long residential writing workshop they teach, and posed some challenging questions about where the author’s loyalty should lie when writing about themselves and others. Carole Angier is the biographer of Jean Rhys and Primo Levi. She teaches life […]