'Shoot the Widow': A Biographer's Challenges In Shoot the Widow: Adventures of a Biographer in Search of Her Subject, author Meryle Secrest talks about the challenges of writing a biography, from overprotective family members to death threats to growing too close to her subject.
NPR logo

'Shoot the Widow': A Biographer's Challenges

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/12067196/12067200" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
'Shoot the Widow': A Biographer's Challenges

'Shoot the Widow': A Biographer's Challenges

'Shoot the Widow': A Biographer's Challenges

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/12067196/12067200" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In Shoot the Widow: Adventures of a Biographer in Search of Her Subject, author Meryle Secrest talks about the many challenges of writing a biography, from overprotective family members, to death threats, to growing too close to her subject.

Secrest, the author of nine biographies — including books about composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim, architect Frank Lloyd Wright and artist Salvador Dali — talks with Michele Norris.

Related NPR Stories

Books Featured In This Story