The 19th-century Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle said that biography is the only true history. But there comes a point at which the exercise of recounting the lives of certain cultural figureheads becomes largely pointless. The portraits of Shakespeare, Gandhi, and Princess Diana, for instance, have been retouched so many times over the years by the subjects' assorted biographers, hagiographers, and revisionists that they more closely resemble 5-year-old kids' finger paintings than sharply drawn representations of... More >>>