Past: Confessions of a Serial Biographer

Cape Girardeau Public Library

What does it feel like to invite a stranger into your home and head for several years?

In a sense, that’s exactly what a biographer does. Carl Rollyson, a self-proclaimed “serial” biographer, has published biographies on a wide variety of notable folks, including writers such as William Faulkner and Sylvia Plath and celebs like Marilyn Monroe. In this presentation, he tells the inside story of how he became interested in his subjects and reveals some of the mechanics of the trade.

Other biographers have described their process but remained discrete, not wishing to offend their sources and supporters. Rollyson has forgone such caution.

Space is limited and registration is required.


Phone: 573-334-5279 ext. 113

Past Dates & Times

Saturday, July 20, 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Cape Girardeau Public Library
711 N. Clark St., Cape Girardeau, MO