The art of literary biography /

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 a...

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Online Access:Electronic book from Oxford Scholarship Online
Other Authors: Batchelor, John, 1942-
Format: eBook
Published:Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Series:OUP E-Books.
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction / John Batchelor
  • 1. Biography: Inventing the Truth / Richard Holmes
  • 2. A Life for a Life / Jon Stallworthy
  • 3. Secondary Lives: Biography in Context / Catherine Peters
  • 4. Biography: Cult as Culture / Jurgen Schlaeger
  • 5. Psychiatry and Literary Biography / Anthony Storr
  • 6. Women's Lives: The Unmapped Country / Lyndall Gordon
  • 7. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: An Author in Search of a Character / Ken Robinson
  • 8. Conrad's Truancy / John Batchelor
  • 9. Virginia Woolf and Offence / Hermione Lee
  • 10. Huxley's Slump: Planning, Eugenics, and the 'Ultimate Need' of Stability / David Bradshaw
  • 11. Elizabeth Bishop: The Secret Life of a Poet / Linda Anderson
  • 12. Jane Austen, Matthew Arnold, Shakespeare: The Problem of the Opus / Park Honan
  • 13. Starting Again: One of the Problems of the Biographer / Ann Thwaite
  • 14. Pieties and Literary Biography / Norman White
  • 15. The Necessary Ignorance of a Biographer / John Worthen.