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Biography : a brief history

Author: Nigel Hamilton
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 2009
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback edView all editions and formats
For thousands of years we have recorded real lives - the lives of others, and of ourselves. For what purpose and for whom has this universal and timeless pursuit endured? What obstacles have lain in the path of biographers in the past, and what continues to confound biographers today? This title answers these questions

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nigel Hamilton
ISBN: 9780674034716 0674034716 9780674024663 0674024664
OCLC Number: 770558478
Notes: Originally published: 2007
Description: 345 s. : illustrations ; 18 cm
Contents: * Prologue *1. Evolutionary Biography *2. Hagiography *3. The Renaissance of Biography *4. Victorian Pseudobiography *5. The Early Twentieth Century *6. The Rise of Film *7. The People's War *8. Death of the Author *9. New Directions *10. Biography Comes of Age *11. Biography on Trial *12. The Miner's Canary *13. Biography Today * Epilogue * Notes * Bibliography * Acknowledgments * Index
Responsibility: Nigel Hamilton


For what purpose and for whom has biographical pursuit endured, and how does it play such a contested, popular role in contemporary Western culture? Award-winning biographer Hamilton addresses these  Read more...


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What a joy it was to read Nigel Hamilton's erudite Biography: A Brief History. As a practitioner of the art, I found his analysis on the merits of biography profound. Highly recommended! -- Douglas Read more...

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