The reader will excuse us if certain
liberties are taken to conjecture and mythology.
the following presentations are sketches—
not historical accounts.
We read biographies to relate.
We read them to fulfill our secret desires:
to see the traits of the talented and heroic in ourselves.
Issues of scholarship will be set aside then,
to make ways for the greater, yet often forgotten
purpose of biography: to inspire.
With that said,
without further ado,
let us introduce you to—