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While some feminist scholarship has rightly cautioned against the tendency to biographize Cary's writing, (12) as limiting recognition of Cary's relevance in broader discourses, in the context of a Burford performance, this biographical element brought a rich new layer to the play.
Perhaps this sense of knowing him is what causes us to biographize so fervently, but I suggest that we would do better to seek meaning in Wallace's narrative than in his ending.
If we are to learn from history--and there is nowhere else to learn from--historical inquiry will only be any good insofar as it is well written; to biographize well is to persuade the reader of the reality of these events and the solidity of these men and women.