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The Rise of the Memoir

Author: Alex Zwerdling
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The Rise of the Memoir traces the growth and extraordinarily wide appeal of the memoir. Its territory is private rather than public life, shame, guilt, and embarrassment, not the achievements celebrated in the public records. What accounts for the sharp need writers like Rousseau, Woolf, Orwell, Nabokov, Primo Levi, and Maxine Hong Kingston felt to write (and to publish) such works, when they might more easily have  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Zwerdling
ISBN: 9780198755784 0198755783
OCLC Number: 967756448
Description: vii, 238 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Rousseau and the art of secular confession --
Inventing the family memoir: Edmund Gosse's Father and son --
Mastering the memoir: Woolf and the family legacy --
Orwell's reticence and the need to bear witness --
Remembering in stages: Nabokov's Speak, memory --
Primo Levi's recursive memory --
Imagining the facts in Kingston's memoirs.
Responsibility: Alex Zwerdling.

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A study of the rise of the memoir through an exploration of works by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Edmund Gosse,Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, Vladimir Nabokov, Primo Levi, and Maxine Hong Kingston.  Read more...

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The Rise of the Memoir, will be greeted with resounding applause. * Frances Wilson, Times Literary Supplement *

 
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