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The Art of Literary Biography

John Batchelor (ed.)

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182894
eISBN:
9780191673917
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

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 ... 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


Biographilia

Cora Kaplan

in Victoriana - Histories, Fictions, Criticism

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748611478
eISBN:
9780748651627
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748611478.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter studies the currently rising profile of Victorian literary biography. It takes a look at how life writing removed the writer's privilege to be an important witness to the significance ... More


Johnson's Lives of the Poets

Richard Terry

in Poetry and the Making of the English Literary Past: 1660-1781

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198186236
eISBN:
9780191718557
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186236.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

There is no doubt that Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets are a significant contribution to the scripting of the English poetic past. Latterly, however, there has been a tendency for their impact to ... 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


Pieties and Literary Biography

NORMAN WHITE

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/9780198182894.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The potential subjects of literary biographies have almost always been suspicious of the idea of a book about themselves. ‘Pieties’ is used in the title because of its ambiguous and floating nature, ... 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


Towards a Constructive Criticism of Stevie Smith

William May

in Stevie Smith and Authorship

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199583379
eISBN:
9780191723193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583379.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter considers the construction of Smith's public persona in her relation to her critical reception. It notes the defensive and protective critical stances often taken on Smith's work, ... More


The Lives of Iris Murdoch: an Apologia

Maria Antonaccio

in A Philosophy to Live By: Engaging Iris Murdoch

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199855575
eISBN:
9780199933198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199855575.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter concludes the volume with a discussion of the dilemma faced by the interpreter of Murdoch in the wake of the biographies that appeared shortly after her death: What role should a thinker ... More


‘A Poet Reading’

William May

in Stevie Smith and Authorship

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199583379
eISBN:
9780191723193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583379.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter explores Smith's own reading practice to help explain her playful and often hostile relationship with tradition. It focuses on her troubled relationship with her sister, an English ... More


Stevie Smith and Authorship

William May

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199583379
eISBN:
9780191723193
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583379.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This book is a full-length study of the British novelist, poet, and illustrator Stevie Smith (1902–71). It draws on extensive archival material to offer new insights into her work, challenging ... More


Walter Greenwood: Life and Writings

Chris Hopkins

in Walter Greenwood's 'Love on the Dole': Novel, Play, Film

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781786941145
eISBN:
9781789629422
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941145.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter has three sections. The first covers Greenwood’s life and writing from his birth in 1903 up until Jonathan Cape’s acceptance of his novel Love on the Dole in 1933 and his instant ... More


Suetonius and the uiri illustres of Pliny the Younger

Roy K. Gibson

in Suetonius the Biographer: Studies in Roman Lives

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199697106
eISBN:
9780191779510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697106.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter compares the literary figures mentioned in Pliny the Younger’s Letters with the biographical subjects in the remains of Suetonius’ Illustrious Men. Places of overlap and divergence ... More


James Still: A Life

Carol Boggess

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813174181
eISBN:
9780813174815
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813174181.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

James Still was a twentieth century American writer of poetry, stories, children’s literature, and folklore. His most enduring work was the 1940 novel River of Earth. This literary biography tells ... More


Afterword: Blowing on a Dead Man’s Embers: Byron’s Biographical Ghosts

Peter Allender

in Byron's Ghosts: The Spectral, the Spiritual and the Supernatural

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781846319709
eISBN:
9781781380925
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846319709.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter discusses the ways in which literary biographies attempt to ‘bring the dead to life’, with varying degrees of sympathy and animosity. Noting the dramatic alteration in assessments of ... More


Modelling Mary Russell Mitford’s Networks: The Digital Mitford as Collaborative Database

Elisa Beshero-Bondar and Kellie Donovan-Condron

in Women's Literary Networks and Romanticism: "A Tribe of Authoresses"

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781786940605
eISBN:
9781786945136
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781786940605.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter features the Digital Mitford Archive’s work to construct a scholarly edition as a digital database. The chapter presents a view of the once popular and prolific Mary Russell Mitford as a ... More


Style's Body: The Case of Dr. Johnson

Helen Deutsch

in Loving Dr. Johnson

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226143828
eISBN:
9780226143859
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226143859.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter examines style in relation to the autopsied body of Samuel Johnson. It shows that the body upon which the Johnsonian monument is based was in fact in perpetual motion marred by a series ... More


Writing Lives: Biography and Textuality, Identity and Representation in Early Modern England

Kevin Sharpe and Steven N. Zwicker (eds)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199698233
eISBN:
9780191803772
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199698233.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Biography appears to thrive as never before; and there clearly remains a broad readership for literary biography. But the methods and approaches of recent criticism which have contributed rich ... More


Homes and Haunts: Touring Writers' Shrines and Countries

Alison Booth

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198759096
eISBN:
9780191819728
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759096.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

Literary tourism and books known as homes and haunts developed in 1810–50 as readers were moved to visit the locales of renowned writers and their works. Yet academic studies have disparaged not only ... More


Living among ‘Relations’: Biographical Contexts

Guillermo Rodríguez

in When Mirrors Are Windows: A View of A.K. Ramanujan's Poetics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199463602
eISBN:
9780199087235
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463602.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter focuses on Ramanujan’s aesthetics from a biographical perspective. It examines how his early environments influenced his aesthetic receptivity and highlights fundamental features in the ... More


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