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Milton and His Biographers

Gordon Campbell and Thomas N. Corns

in John Milton: Life, Writing, Reputation

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264706
eISBN:
9780191734557
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264706.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies

This chapter presents an overview of Milton's biographers from the earliest lives of the poet to the year 2000. The life of Milton has been a subject of quite a lot of accounts compared to other ... More


The Poetic City: From the Consecration to the Degradation of Spring: the Poet in the Street

VICENTE QUIRARTE

in Mexico City through History and Culture

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264461
eISBN:
9780191734625
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264461.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This chapter discusses the ways in which the poet and poetry have traced the invisible map of Mexico City and how this literary art protected and strengthened memories while also helping the Mexicans ... More


The Newness of the ‘New Biography’: Biographical Theory and Practice in the Early Twentieth Century

Laura Marcus

in Mapping Lives: The Uses of Biography

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263181
eISBN:
9780191734595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263181.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The dominance of modernist and avant-garde literature in the early decades of the twentieth century directed attention away from certain texts and genres. Biography was one of the genres that ... More


Shaping the Truth

Miranda Seymour

in Mapping Lives: The Uses of Biography

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263181
eISBN:
9780191734595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263181.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Humans who are governed by emotional states have the capacity to establish, develop, and retain different interpretations of the people familiar to them. Hence it is the part of the biographer to ... More


Conclusion

John A. Grigg

in The Lives of David Brainerd: The Making of an American Evangelical Icon

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195372373
eISBN:
9780199870868
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372373.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The Conclusion summarizes the book's main themes and ideas about David Brainerd's life. The chapter states that David Brainerd, like most people, was a complex individual who can only be understood ... More


A Life for a Life

JON STALLWORTHY

in The Art of Literary Biography

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182894
eISBN:
9780191673917
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The biographer as ‘postmortem exploiter’ is a disturbing concept to both biographers and their subjects — but even more disturbing is that of the biographer as homicide. It might have been dismissed ... More


Secondary Lives: Biography in Context

CATHERINE PETERS

in The Art of Literary Biography

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182894
eISBN:
9780191673917
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Biography has to accept that it is a traditional, rather old-fashioned form, evolving slowly rather than by great imaginative leaps and profound intellectual discoveries. Attempts to cry it up on the ... More


Psychiatry and Literary Biography

ANTHONY STORR

in The Art of Literary Biography

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182894
eISBN:
9780191673917
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This paper is based on three premisses. The first is that detailed causal psychoanalytic interpretations of the character and behaviour of deceased persons, in terms of what may have happened to them ... More


The Officially Approved Woman Mystic and Her Supporters

Stephen Haliczer

in Between Exaltation and Infamy: Female Mystics in the Golden Age of Spain

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195148633
eISBN:
9780199869923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195148630.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

As the convent increasingly became a venue of ‘aristocratization’, those mystics who received ‘official’ approval tended to be women from privileged and educated families. Further, convents ... More


Private Lives

Theodore Zeldin

in France 1848–1945: Volume Two: Intellect, Taste and Anxiety

Published in print:
1977
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198221258
eISBN:
9780191678424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221258.003.0015
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Private lives have, on the whole, been an area into which historians have not penetrated, and certainly not systematically. This is due partly to tradition, to a convention inherited from public ... More


Emerson in the Gilded Age

Randall Fuller

in Emerson's Ghosts: Literature, Politics, and the Making of Americanists

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195313925
eISBN:
9780199787753
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313925.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines four 19th-century biographer-critics of Emerson in order to address the notion of canonicity as it applies to the Gilded Age and, by implication, as it relates to the complex ... More


The Quarrel and the Biographers

William Thomas

in The Quarrel of Macaulay and Croker: Politics and History in the Age of Reform

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208648
eISBN:
9780191678103
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208648.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, History of Ideas

On September 20 1831, Macaulay delivered his speech on the Third Reading of the Bill. It was constructed around the historical parallel of the First French Revolution. It closed with a warning to the ... More


Starting Again: One of the Problems of the Biographer

ANN THWAITE

in The Art of Literary Biography

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182894
eISBN:
9780191673917
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter attempts to focus on the biography of Emily Tennyson, the poet's wife. A question mark slipped into the original subtitle of the chapter: ‘Starting again — one of the problems of the ... More


The Necessary Ignorance of a Biographer

JOHN WORTHEN

in The Art of Literary Biography

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182894
eISBN:
9780191673917
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The title offers neither paradox nor false modesty. This chapter specifically attempts to bring back into the debate about biography a fact which many desire to conceal. Consider that very common ... More


Introduction

JOHN BATCHELOR

in The Art of Literary Biography

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182894
eISBN:
9780191673917
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The present buoyancy of literary biography supports the case for a contrasting view, a view which seems to be implicit in the work of all literary biographers: namely, that in practice the reading of ... More


John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: An Author in Search of a Character

KEN ROBINSON

in The Art of Literary Biography

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182894
eISBN:
9780191673917
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter stresses that biographies cannot be definitive because John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1647–80) throws up particular problems which face biographers at every turn with their prejudices. ... More


Conrad’s Truancy

JOHN BATCHELOR

in The Art of Literary Biography

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182894
eISBN:
9780191673917
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Joseph Conrad shot himself through the chest in Marseilles; later he represented this injury as the result of a duel and his earlier biographers took him at his word and reiterated the duel story. He ... More


Testamentary Acts

Michael Millgate

in Testamentary Acts: Browning, Tennyson, James, Hardy

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183662
eISBN:
9780191674099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183662.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter focuses on the testamentary acts and the self-preparation of the writers discussed in this book as they were to meet the final stage of their lives. For James, Hardy, Tennyson, Browning, ... More


Introduction

Wilfrid Prest

in William Blackstone: Law and Letters in the Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199550296
eISBN:
9780191720925
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550296.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This introductory chapter sets the scene and provides a rationale for the book as a whole. Various reasons are offered to explain why the author of such a major work as the Commentaries has yet to ... More


Eusebius of Caesarea’s Commentary on Isaiah: Christian Exegesis in the Age of Constantine

Michael J. Hollerich

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198263685
eISBN:
9780191682636
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263685.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Biblical Studies

Eusebius of Caesarea (d. 339), bishop, church historian, and biographer of Constantine, is the major Christian witness to the Constantinian settlement. Despite his importance, his biblical exegesis ... More


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