James Maxwell Anderson On Biography

James Maxwell Anderson (December 15, 1888 – February 28, 1959)

This modern craze for biographical information leaves me cold for many reasons. For one thing, it’s always inaccurate; for another, it’s so bound up with publicity and other varieties of idiocy that it gags a person of any sensibility. For another, to be heralded is to become a candidate for the newest list of ‘the busted geniuses of yester-year of whom I hope never to be one.