The Art of Literary Biography

Hardcover | August 1, 1993

EditorJohn Batchelor

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Is literary biography so widely read for popular, 'prurient' reasons, or for reputable intellectual reasons? Is it of interest only in so far as it illuminates a writer's work? How much can we know about a life, such as Shakespeare's, where the documentation is so scanty? These are amongstthe wide range of questions addressed by the seventeen leading biographers and literary critics who have contributed essays to The Art of Literary Biography.Always a popular genre, biography has become one of the most immediate and accessible modes of writing about literature. In this book, individual literary figures such as Conrad, Huxley, Virginia Woolf, and the poets Elizabeth Bishop and Lord Rochester are examined. Also addressed is the natureand form of literary biography - the concept of biography as autobiography, the problems the genre poses, the necessity of the ignorance of a biographer, and the literary biographer at work. Richard Holmes, Jon Stallworthy, Hermione Lee, David Bradshaw, and Ann Thwaite are amongst the distinguishedcontributors to this fascinating and thought-provoking book.

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Is literary biography so widely read for popular, 'prurient' reasons, or for reputable intellectual reasons? Is it of interest only in so far as it illuminates a writer's work? How much can we know about a life, such as Shakespeare's, where the documentation is so scanty? These are amongstthe wide range of questions addressed by the...

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Is literary biography so widely read for popular, 'prurient' reasons, or for reputable intellectual reasons? Is it of interest only in so far as it illuminates a writer's work? How much can we know about a life, such as Shakespeare's, where the documentation is so scanty? These are among the questions addressed by the seventeen leading...

John Batchelor is a well-known writer and reviewer, has written many books on major British writers, was General Editor of the World's Classics edition of Conrad; and between 1984 and 1990 was judge of the Duff Cooper Prize.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.91 inPublished:August 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198182899

ISBN - 13:9780198182894

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`it is of eminent appeal not only to academics and students of literature, formal or not, but should be must reading for journalists, essayists, writers and serious readers of all kinds. As a handbook on the theory of writing biographies, it is essential and one of the best books on thesubject we have seen to date.'Scene