Life Writing: Essays on Autobiography, Biography and Literature

Hardcover | December 15, 2009

EditorRichard Bradford

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Including original contributions by, among others, Martin Amis, Alan Sillitoe, Ruth Fainlight and D.J. Taylor, this important collection examines the status and practice of literary biography and autobiographical writing, and reasserts the centrality of the relationship between authors' lives and their works.

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Including original contributions by, among others, Martin Amis, Alan Sillitoe, Ruth Fainlight and D.J. Taylor, this important collection examines the status and practice of literary biography and autobiographical writing, and reasserts the centrality of the relationship between authors' lives and their works.

RICHARD BRADFORD is Professor of Literary History and Theory at the University of Ulster.  He has written well-reviewed biographies of both Philip Larkin and Kingsley Amis, as well as several introductory student books including Introducing Literary Studies (Harvester Wheatsheaf), Stylistics (New Critical Idiom Series, Routledge), A L...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.63 × 5.66 × 1.09 inPublished:December 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230202527

ISBN - 13:9780230202528

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Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgements; R.Bradford
PART 1: LITERARY BIOGRAPHY
In Search of Peter Quennell: Redefining the Self in Kingsley Amis's The Biographer's Moustache; A.James
Pictures and Places: Enclaves of Illusion in the Life Writings of Elizabeth Bowen and Annabel Goff; D.O'Byrne
Robert Lowell and 'The Business of Direct Experience'; T.Hancock
Projections of the Inner 'I': Anthony Powell, George Orwell and the Personal Myth; D.J.Taylor
Goldsmith and the Art of Indirect Biography; G.Gargett
Obstacles Confronting the Literary Biographer; D.Salwak
Hartley Coleridge and the Art of Elf Effacement; A.Keanie
'A Horse May Show His Good Intent': Opinionated Protestant Equines from Morocco to Black Beauty; K.De Ornellas
Literary Biography: The Elephant in the Academic Sitting Room; R.Bradford
PART 2: VARIOUS SELVES, DIFFERENT DISCOURSES: THE BROADER CONTEXTS OF LIFE WRITING
Reflections on the Timing of Juan Goytisolo's Autobiographies; S.Black
Wild Realism: The Fresh Air of the Real or the Changing Face of the European Novel; A.Grohmann
Autofiction: A Brief History of a Neologism; E.H.Jones
Sick Diarists and Private Writers of the Seventeenth Century; D.Thorley
Trans-genre Confusion: What Does Autobiography Think It Is?; C.Lynch
The Art of Losing: The Place of Death in Writer's Memoirs; T.C.Barker
'The Contrived Innocence of the Surface': Representing Childhood Memory in Recent British Autobiography; N.King
The Relics of St. David Wojnarowicz: The Autobiography of a Mythmaker; R.Maguire
PART 3: WRITERS
Alan Sillitoe
Ruth Fainlight
An Interview with Martin Amis
Index