Life Histories and Psychobiography: Explorations in Theory and Method

Paperback | May 1, 1995

byWilliam McKinley Runyan

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"The one essential book in the field" In this pathbreaking study, Runyan reviews and responds to major criticism of psychobiography and of the case study method, and suggests criteria for evaluating and improving in-depth studies of individual lives. Theoretical points are vividlyillustrated with examples from the lives of (among others) Vincent Van Gogh, Emily Dickinson, Abraham Lincoln, Shakespeare, Malcolm X, Woodrow Wilson, Virginia Woolf, and several of Freud's classic case studies. "The most informative, clear, objective, and comprehensive book written on this topicto date. It is both the ideal text for a graduate course in psycho-history and the one essential book in the field which every library should have."--The Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

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"The one essential book in the field" In this pathbreaking study, Runyan reviews and responds to major criticism of psychobiography and of the case study method, and suggests criteria for evaluating and improving in-depth studies of individual lives. Theoretical points are vividlyillustrated with examples from the lives of (among oth...

William McKinley Runyan is at University of California, Berkeley.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 5.24 × 7.99 × 0.67 inPublished:May 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195034864

ISBN - 13:9780195034868

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"Runyan's training [in academic psychology] enables him to approach the psychobiography debate with an engaging and informed skepticism. He employs the perspectives and parameters of empirical science to clarify the welter of facts and hypotheses on which assertions in psychobiography areoften based."--Journal of Modern History