Biographical Blindspots: The Case of the Cousins Alger

@article{Scharnhorst1983BiographicalBT,
  title={Biographical Blindspots: The Case of the Cousins Alger},
  author={Gary Scharnhorst},
  journal={Biography},
  year={1983},
  volume={6},
  pages={136 - 147}
}
Biographical blindspots exist insofar as original sources about the lives of significant historical figures do not exist. A minor figure who retires long before death (e.g., W. R. Alger) or who becomes the subject of intense public interest only long after death (e.g., Horatio Alger, Jr.) may be lost entirely in such a blindspot. 

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