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Table Of Contents

Literary Biography Now and Then
The Cinderella of Literary Studies
The Rise and Rise of Literary Biography
Dr Johnson: Biographer, Theorist and Subject
Virginia Woolf: Time, Memory and Identity
Life [Hi]Stories: Telling Tales
Aspects of Narrative
(i) Beginnings: Charlotte Brontë
(ii) Middles: Thomas Hardy
(iii) Endings: Jane Austen
The Naked Biographer
Inventing the Truth
Biographer, Biography and the Reader
Imagining Blake
Reading Lessons
Literary Biomythography
Biomythography
Myth-Making: The Brontë Paradigm
(i) Facts: Selection and ‘Spin’
(ii) Fact into Fiction
(iii) Fiction into Myth
(iv) Myth into ‘Faction’
(v) Demythologising the Brontës
Variations on the Theme
(i) Byron
(ii) Dickens
(iii) Sylvia Plath
Conclusions
Inferential Biography: Shakespeare the Invisible Man
Virtual Shakespeares
(i) The Facts
(ii) The Theatrical Context
(iii) The Social Context
(iv) The Shakespeare Mythos
(v) The Shakespeare Canon
The Implied Author: Inferential Biography
(i) The Art of Love: The Sonnets
(iii) War and the Politics of Nationhood: Henry V
(iv) Language and Thinking: Hamlet
(v) Art and Artifice: The Tempest
The Limits of Imagination
Literary Biography and Portraiture
Sister Arts
(vi) Bardography: The Chandos Portrait of Shakespeare
(vii) The Inner Life: R. W. Buss’s Dickens’s Dream
Art to Order
Comparative Biography: Dickens’s ‘Lives’
The Victorian Dickens
The Modern Dickens
The Post-Modern Dickens
Lives and Times
Literary Auto/Biography
Acts of Self-Creation in Wordsworth and Joyce
Wordsworth’s ‘biographic verse’
Joyce’s ‘artist, like the God of creation’
Masks and Metaphors
Biography in Practice
Living with the Subject
Imagining Wilfred
Matters of Life and Death
Authorised Lives
The Life of Graham Greene by Norman Sherry
Bernard Shaw by Michael Holroyd
T. S. Eliot by Peter Ackroyd
Orwell: The Life by D. J. Taylor
Philip Larkin: A Writer’s Life by Andrew Motion
Contemporary Lives
Literary Lives: Scenes and Stories
Dinner with Dr Johnson and John Wilkes
Dinner with Mrs Ramsay
Biography and Fiction
Biography and the Future
Select Bibliography
Further Reading
General Bibliography
Index
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Literary Biography: An Introduction

Literary Biography: An Introduction

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Literary Biography: An Introduction illustrates and accounts for the literary genre that merges historical facts with the conventions of narrative while revealing how the biographical context can enrich the study of canonical authors.  Provides up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of issues and controversies in life writing, a rapidly growing field of study Offers a valuable biographical and historical context for the study of major classic and contemporary authors Features an interview with Wilfred Owen's biographer, Dominic Hibberd; a gallery of literary portraits with commentaries; close readings that illustrate the differences between fiction and biography; speculation about likely future developments; and detailed suggestions for further reading
Literary Biography: An Introduction illustrates and accounts for the literary genre that merges historical facts with the conventions of narrative while revealing how the biographical context can enrich the study of canonical authors.  Provides up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of issues and controversies in life writing, a rapidly growing field of study Offers a valuable biographical and historical context for the study of major classic and contemporary authors Features an interview with Wilfred Owen's biographer, Dominic Hibberd; a gallery of literary portraits with commentaries; close readings that illustrate the differences between fiction and biography; speculation about likely future developments; and detailed suggestions for further reading

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