Quotation by Catherine Drinker Bowen

Bias, point of view, fury—are they ... so dangerous and must they be ironed out of history, the hills flattened and the contours leveled? The professors talk ... about passion and point of view in history as a Calvinist talks about sin in the bedroom.
Catherine Drinker Bowen (1897–1973), U.S. biographer. Adventures of a Biographer, ch. 6 (1959).

Bowen wrote widely read biographies of Tchaikovsky, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Adams, and Francis Bacon, among others, but did not have formal academic training in history or biography. Here she was referring to many modern historians' insistence upon scrupulously "objective" presentations.
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