|Plot Summary of Ross Macdonald: A Biography|
|"Macdonald's real name was Ken Millar, and his background, growing up without a father, influenced much of the psychological underpinnings to his intricate plots.
Macdonald created the character of Lew Archer, a PI, who lived in southern California. Noland begins with Macdonald's very humble beginnings, growing up in Canada, and proceeds through the many turns in his life, including his sometimes stormy marriage to Margaret Millar, another writer. Noland shows how Macdonald's real life is entwined in many ways with that his fictional PI.
The book is rich with well sourced quotes from the literary and publishing communities, giving the reader an inside view. The book also includes a section of annotated notes, which are very helpful to the researcher or student of the genre. "
Patricia Harrington, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Ross Macdonald: A Biography|
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Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- mostly 3rd
Commentary on society?
Writer's slant towards subject:
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- significantly more descript than dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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