Nineteenth-Century Lives by Laurence S. LockridgeNineteenth-Century Lives by Laurence S. Lockridge

Nineteenth-Century Lives

EditorLaurence S. Lockridge, John Maynard, Donald D. Stone

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In this unique collection of essays, ten distinguished critics and biographers consider what it means to narrate a life. Their illustrative texts are largely taken from nineteenth-century biography, autobiography, and the novel, but narrative is the broader genre that unites their various inquiries. The principal issues are framed by Margaret Atwood, J. Hillis Miller, and Phyllis Rose. Atwood compares and contrasts the biographer and the novelist as creators of narratives, emphasizing that the difference is in the "ground rules". Determining what these ground rules are is a recurring theme in these essays. Some of the subjects discussed are the boundaries of fact and fiction, the professed power of the narrator, and the figurative underpinnings of autobiography. Many of these pieces are delightful and provocative biographical and autobiographical excursions in themselves. Atwood describes her early fear of biography, Morton Cohen narrates an exciting bit of detective work he conducted into the life of Lewis Carroll, and John Rosenberg gives a vivid and frequently revisionary reading of many aspects of Darwin's life. Other critics--Carl Woodring, Richard Altick, Norman Kelvin, Margaret Stetz and Robert Kiely--consider related topics. The contributors, as well as the editors, have all been colleagues or students of the eminent critic and biographer, Jerome Hamilton Buckley, in whose honor these essays have been written.

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Title:Nineteenth-Century LivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.55 inPublished:November 27, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521090504

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Table of Contents

Jerome Hamilton Buckley; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Biographobia: some personal reflections on the act of biography Margaret Atwood; 2. Shaping life in The Prelude Carl Woodring; 3. Writing the life of J. J. Ridley Richard D. Altick; 4. Charles Dickens: the lives of some important nobodies Robert Kiely; 5. Mr. Darwin collects hiself John D. Rosenberg; 6. Lewis Carroll: 'dishcoveries' - and more Morton N. Cohen; 7. Prosopopoeia and Praeterita J. Hillis Miller; 8. Patterns in time: the decorative and the narrative in the work of William Morris Norman Kelvin; 9. Life's 'half-profits': writers and their readers in fiction of the 1890s Margaret Diane Stetz; 10. Fact and fiction in biography Phyllis Rose; 11. Jerome Hamilton Buckley: a bibliography David M. Staines; Index.