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Biographies Abounding

HERE'S SOME BEGUILING scuttlebutt we picked up at a recent Harvard University conference in which biographers discussed their craft. Diane Middlebrook (who used Anne Sexton's shrink as a source for her 1991 biography of the poet) is now writing the life of Billy Tipton, the jazz pianist who died in 1989 and at "his" autopsy was found to be a woman.

The Mysterious Death Of 'Pops'

The body of the middle-aged black man lay unidentified in the Marlboro County, S.C., morgue, a John Doe plucked from Gum Swamp with a single bullet wound in his chest.