As a biographer, I believe the true and legitimate purpose of acknowledgments is to thank those who helped me: people who were interviewed, and sent unpublished letters and photographs; contemporary authors who wrote about what the subject meant to them; librarians who facilitated research; experts who answered specialized questions; friends who supplied addresses, books, and useful information, or who provided hospitality and fed the starveling author while he was on the road; my wife and...
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Jeffrey Meyers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has published Hemingway: The Critical Heritage (1982), Hemingway: A Biography (1985), and Hemingway: Life and Art (2000), as well as Samuel Johnson: The Struggle (2008), The Genius and the Goddess: Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe (2009), George Orwell: Life and Art (2010), and John Huston: Courage and Art (2011).