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Lecture
Psychobiography: Studies of Lives
January 6, February 3, and March 3, 6:30 pm — Meeting Room, Kenton Branch–Multnomah County Library, 8226 N. Denver Ave., Portland
Psychobiography is the analysis of historically significant lives through the use of psychological theory and research. Its aim is to understand persons, and to uncover the private motives behind public acts, whether those acts involve the making of art or the creation of scientific theories, or the adoption of political decisions. William Todd Schultz is a world renowned psychobiographer and personality scientist. He is the author of three books exploring connections between psychology and art: one on writer Truman Capote (Tiny Terror), one on photographer Diane Arbus (An Emergency in Slow Motion), and one on musician Elliott Smith (Torment Saint). He has also written articles or book chapters on Sylvia Plath, Kafka, Jack Kerouac, Oscar Wilde, Roald Dahl, James Agee, and others. He oversees the Oxford University Press book series Inner Lives, and his essays have appeared in Slate, Huffington Post, Salon, the Spectator, and other outlets. See the website for each evening's topic. This event is free to attend.

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