Yet asked what he would say to Woodward, the biographer paused before abandoning himself to his professional instincts.
Philip Roth wants at least one biographer to get it right, more or less, and I'm the lucky guy.
But he was still averting his eyes from death, and his biographer says he approached the end in denial.
Of every great and eminent character, part breaks forth into public view, and part lies hid in domestic privacy. Those qualities which have been exerted in any known and lasting performances may, at any distance of time, be traced and estimated; but silent excellencies are soon forgotten; and those minute peculiarities which discriminate every man from all others, if the are not recorded by those whom personal knowledge enabled to observe them, are irrecoverably lost. [Johnson, "Life of Sir Thomas Browne," 1756]