Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Poetic Obituaries: Controversy also surrounded his [C. David Heymann's]

first two biographies. Critic Hugh Kenner charged that quotes in "Ezra Pound: The Last Rower" (1976) were lifted from an obscure Italian journal, not obtained by Heymann, who said he had interviewed Pound before he died in 1972. Reviewers said serious errors were rife in "American Aristocracy: The Lives and Times of James Russell, Amy, and Robert Lowell" (1980).

Born in New York City on Jan. 14, 1945, Heymann was the son of a German Jewish novelist who owned hotels after immigrating to the United States in the late 1930s. Heymann studied hotel management at Cornell University, earning a bachelor's degree in 1966. Finding literature more to his liking, he published a book of poetry in 1968 and obtained a master's in writing at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1969.

from The Los Angeles Times: C. David Heymann dies at 67; controversial bestselling biographer


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