Documentary Editing, Association for


Date of this Version

Winter 2004

Document Type



Documentary Editing, Volume 26, Number 4, Winter 2004. ISSN 0196-7134


2004 © the Association for Documentary Editing. Used by permission.


Documentary editors are attracted to and often bemused and irritated by biography (and biographers). They have a unique perspective on this genre that I'm going to explore through the prism of my own experience as a biographer and a documentary editor. I've been an editor for nearly twenty years and in that time have written or collaborated on four biographical projects-a biography of Revolutionary War general Benjamin Lincoln, a selected letters edition of Dolley Payne Madison, and two children's biographies of Dolley and James Madison.