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March 22, 1985

William Carlos Williams Commemorative Issue

Author Affiliations

Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta

JAMA. 1985;253(12):1800-1801. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350360126040

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Whatever other designations our age may deserve, it seems to me an age of biography. As a glance at published titles will attest, there is a passion for details of how the famous have lived their lives and made their contributions (or not made them, as the case may be). It's as though our disparate generations have together agreed with Emerson that, "There is properly no history; only biography." Moreover, our age has not only the taste for biography, but also the technology to record it: on tape, on film, and, most accessibly (at least for the present), in words.

It must have been in this spirit that the editors of the Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey decided to publish an entire issue in honor of a native son, the physicianwriter William Carlos Williams (1883 to 1963). The issue was conceived to celebrate the centennial of his