The Case of the Suspect Bios

Edmund Morris is not the only one mixing fiction with biographical fact

Professor Edward Said is the leading Palestinian advocate and propagandist in the U.S. His influence derives not just from the quality of his prose and the depth of his passion but also from his personal history. For years he has been telling the world that he grew up in Jerusalem but that when he was 12, as the Zionists came to power and established Israel, his entire family became refugees in Egypt.

Not so, says Justus Reid Weiner, who, after three years of research, reported in Commentary that 1) Said grew up in Cairo, son of a Palestinian who emigrated to...

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