Telling Secrets Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What did the author deal with in first two autobiographies?

In his first two autobiographies the author dealt with what he calls the "headlines" of his life. He dealt with his marriage, his birth, school and his father's early death.

2. What did the author say he would deal with in this autobiography "Telling Secrets?"

For this autobiography, "Telling Secrets," the author stated that he would deal with the "interior" of his life and that there would be a few headlines. He likens this part of his life to the back pages of a newspaper, like the obituaries and the editorials.

3. How does the author describe his father's suicide?

According to the author, his father committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in 1936. He used the family Chevy and he left a suicide note.

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