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Oxford Announces A New Cultural Biography Series to Be Edited by Critic and Biographer Gary Giddins

Released on January 22, 2015

Oxford University Press USA announced today that they have signed acclaimed jazz and cultural critic Gary Giddins to edit a bold new series of large scale cultural biographies of figures whose primary cultural influence is artistic.

Series Editor Gary Giddins proposes to focus first and foremost on American music, film, and literature, fields that offer a particularly large swath of unexplored subjects.  Secondarily he will expand the series to biographies of figures from American visual arts and dance.  An accomplished biographer himself, Giddins will match writer and subject for publication.

“Oxford Cultural Biographies will be a series of comprehensive but readable bios,” noted Giddins, “primarily within the 100,000 to 200,000 word range, written to suit the broad public interest in the lives of artists or cultural figures whose stories have either not been told, not told well, or not told in so long a time as to merit biographical reconsideration.”

According to Oxford’s in-house, acquiring editor Norm Hirschy, “While other publishers produce biographies that detail sexual intrigues and various peccadillos while ignoring the only thing that made their subjects’ lives worthy of biography, books in Giddins's series will instead adhere to the mantra that if you don’t know the art, steer clear of the artist.”

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