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The art of literary biography

Author: John Batchelor
Publisher: Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Is literary biography so widely read for popular, 'prurient' reasons, or for reputable intellectual reasons? Is it of interest only in so far as it illuminates a writer's work? How much can we know about a life, such as Shakespeare's, where the documentation is so scanty? These are among the questions addressed by the seventeen leading biographers and literary critics who have contributed essays to John Batchelor's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Art of literary biography.
Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)623053833
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Batchelor
ISBN: 0198182899 9780198182894
OCLC Number: 30894569
Description: xi, 289 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction / John Batchelor --
1. Biography: Inventing the Truth / Richard Holmes --
2. A Life for a Life / Jon Stallworthy --
3. Secondary Lives: Biography in Context / Catherine Peters --
4. Biography: Cult as Culture / Jurgen Schlaeger --
5. Psychiatry and Literary Biography / Anthony Storr --
6. Women's Lives: The Unmapped Country / Lyndall Gordon --
7. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: An Author in Search of a Character / Ken Robinson --
8. Conrad's Truancy / John Batchelor --
9. Virginia Woolf and Offence / Hermione Lee --
10. Huxley's Slump: Planning, Eugenics, and the 'Ultimate Need' of Stability / David Bradshaw --
11. Elizabeth Bishop: The Secret Life of a Poet / Linda Anderson --
12. Jane Austen, Matthew Arnold, Shakespeare: The Problem of the Opus / Park Honan --
13. Starting Again: One of the Problems of the Biographer / Ann Thwaite --
14. Pieties and Literary Biography / Norman White --
15. The Necessary Ignorance of a Biographer / John Worthen.
Responsibility: edited by John Batchelor.
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