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Biography : a brief history

Author: Nigel Hamilton
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Chronicles the historical evolution of the biography genre from ancient times to the early twenty-first century, considering questions about the purpose of biographies, their audience, the challenges of writing biographies, and their role in Western culture.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nigel Hamilton
ISBN: 9780674024663 0674024664
OCLC Number: 72799883
Description: 345 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
Contents: Evolutionary biography --
Hagiography --
The renaissance of biography --
Victorian pseudobiography --
The early twentieth century --
The rise of film --
The people's war --
Death of the author --
New directions --
Biography comes of age --
Biography on trial --
The miner's canary --
Biography today.
Responsibility: Nigel Hamilton.

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Explores how and why biographies and autobiographies play such a popular, yet contested, role in contemporary Western culture.  Read more...

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by bjanvier1 (WorldCat user on 2007-05-31)

Prologue 1 1. Evolutionary Biography 6 2. Hagiography 33 3. The Renaissance of Biography 60 4. Victorian Pseudobiography 100 5. The Early Twentieth Century 129 6. The Rise of Film 168 7. The People's War 186 8. Death of the Author 206 9. New Directions 213 10. Biography Comes of Age 222 11. Biography on Trial 242 12. The Miner's Canary 251 13. Biography Today 279 Epilogue 292 Notes 297 Bibliography 315 Acknowledgments 322 Index 329

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