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A Companion to Literary Biography

Richard Bradford

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An authoritative review of literary biography covering the seventeenth century to the twentieth century

A Companion to Literary Biography offers a comprehensive account of literary biography spanning the history of the genre across three centuries. The editor - an esteemed literary biographer and noted expert in the field - has encouraged contributors to explore the theoretical and methodological questions raised by the writing of biographies of writers. The text examines how biographers have dealt with the lives of classic authors from Chaucer to contemporary figures such as Kingsley Amis.

The Companion brings a new perspective on how literary biography enables the reader to deal with the relationship between the writer and their work. Literary biography is the most popular form of writing about writing, yet it has been largely neglected in the academic community. This volume bridges the gap between literary biography as a popular genre and its relevance for the academic study of literature. This important work:
Allows the author of a biography to be treated as part of the process of interpretation and investigates biographical reading as an important aspect of criticism
Examines the birth of literary biography at the close of the seventeenth century and considers its expansion through the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Addresses the status and writing of literary biography from numerous perspectives and with regard to various sources, methodologies and theories
Reviews the ways in which literary biography has played a role in our perception of writers in the mainstream of the English canon from Chaucer to the present day

Written for students at the undergraduate level, through postgraduate and doctoral levels, as well as academics, A Companion to Literary Biography illustrates and accounts for the importance of the literary biography as a vital element of criticism and as an index to our perception of literary history.

Richard Bradford is Research Professor of English at Ulster University and Visiting Professor at the University of Avignon. He has held posts in Oxford, the University of Wales, and Trinity College, Dublin. He has produced 25 academic monographs on a variety of topics and has published well-reviewed literary biographies with trade presses on figures such as Kingsley Amis, Philip Larkin, Alan Sillitoe, Martin Amis, John Milton, and Ernest Hemingway.


Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Herausgeber Richard Bradford
Seitenzahl 632
Erscheinungsdatum 28.11.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-118-89629-7
Reihe Blackwell Companions to Litera
Verlag John Wiley & Sons Inc
Maße (L/B/H) 24,4/16,8/3,6 cm
Gewicht 1100 g
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  • Notes on Contributors ix

    Introduction 1
    Richard Bradford

    Part I The History of Literary Biography 7

    1 The Emergence of Literary Biography 9
    Jane Darcy

    2 Lasting First Impressions: On the Origins of Ambivalent Attitudes to the Lake Poets, Cockney Keats, and Satanic Shelley 25
    Andrew Keanie

    3 How to Be an Author: Victorian Literary Biography c. 1830-1880 45
    ulian North

    4 Un/making the Victorians: Literary Biography, 1880-1930 63
    Amber K. Regis

    5 "Aerial Creations of the Poets"? New Biography and the BBC in the 1930s 87
    Claire Davison

    6 Literary Biography in the Twentieth Century 107
    Dale Salwak

    Part II Issues, Theories, and Methodologies 121

    7 Ethics and Literary Biography 123
    Craig Howes

    8 Concerns about Facts and Form in Literary Biography 143
    Jane McVeigh

    9 Women with a Theory: Feminism and Biography 159
    Kay Ferres

    10 The Role of Diaries in the Development of Literary Biography 175
    Paul K. Lyons

    11 Blurred Boundaries: Literary Biography, Literary Autobiography, and Evidence 195
    James Underwood

    12 Reading and Interpreting: The Archival Legacies of Canadian Women Writers 213
    Linda M. Morra

    13 Johnny and Bess: Life Writing and Gender 229
    Anna Beer

    14 "The Man's Life in the Letters of the Man": Larkin, Letters, and Literary Biography 245
    Rebecca Devine

    15 J.M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Style in Autobiography 263
    Emanuela Tegla

    16 The Experience of Archives: Richmal Crompton and Others 275
    Jane McVeigh

    17 Disappearing into the Front Page: The Case of Salman Rushdie and the Postmodern Memoir 291
    Madelena Gonzalez

    18 Evidence and Invention: The Materials of Literary Biography 309
    Emily Bell

    19 Mustabeens and Mightabeens: The Unknowability of English Renaissance Playwrights 325
    Kevin De Ornellas

    20 Literary Biography, Literary Studies, and Theory: An Uneasy Relationship 339
    Richard Bradford

    21 Estate Management: Evelyn Waugh and Muriel Spark 357
    Martin Stannard

    Part III Classic Cases 373

    22 Chaucer 375
    Marion Turner

    23 Writing Shakespeare's Life 391
    Lois Potter

    24 John Donne 405
    Tim Hancock

    25 Jonathan Swift 423
    James Ward

    26 Life and Death in the Literary Biographies of Pope and His Circle 437
    Paul Baines

    27 Richardson and Fielding 455
    Thomas Lockwood

    28 Biography as Myth-Making: Obfuscation and Invention in Victorian Mand Post-Victorian Literary Biography 469
    Jan Jedrzejewski

    29 Dickens, Tennyson, Kipling 489
    John Batchelor

    30 Would the Real Mr. Eliot Please Stand Up? 511
    Andrew Keanie

    31 After Ellmann: The State of Joyce Biography 529
    John McCourt

    32 Literary Biography and the De-Canonization of Amy Lowell 547
    Carl Rollyson

    33 Reviewing the Lives and Works of Philip Larkin and Kingsley Amis 565
    Andrew James

    Index 581