Video: ‘The Art of Life’ with Hermione Lee, Ray Monk and Stephen Frears

In The Art of Life, a debate hosted by the Institute of Art and Ideas, Wolfson College President and biographer Hermione Lee, director Stephen Frears and biographer Ray Monk consider the boundaries that lie between fact and fiction in biography. Discussing questions of responsibility to their subjects, the making of myth and how to shape a life, they explore whether biographers are ever really able to create a ‘definitive’ life of a person.

The video can be viewed here:


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