In his latest response Professor Young has provided an account of how certain words and structures that occurred in a biography by Curtis Cate reappeared in his own book. His basic explanation—that he read Cate's book five years before starting to write and forgot the provenance of materials—is more specific and to that extent more plausible than the one he offered earlier. Unfortunately, he hedges this admission with questionable claims and covert attacks. Professor Anderson, their principal target, responds to those. I would like to address certain puzzling notions Young entertains regarding biography.

I would also like to shift the focus from earlier interchanges. In his original article Mark Anderson rightly drew attention to the artistic element in biography and in particular to the way an author tells a story. Here I highlight the other side of the genre, the ways biography is not just an aesthetic artifact but a...

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