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A companion to literary biography

A companion to literary biography

Bradford, Richard, 1957- editor

An authoritative review of literary biography covering the 17th century to the 20th 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

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Published Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell, 2019
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Richard Bradford
ISBN: 1118896289, 9781118896280
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xiii, 614 pages
Series: Blackwell companions to literature and culture
Subject: Authors, English Biography History and criticism Theory, etc.; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Biography: literary; Literary studies: general; Literature.; Authors Biography Authorship.; Biography as a literary form.; Literature: history & criticism; English prose literature History and criticism Theory, etc.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Blackwell companions to literature and culture.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781118896297


  1. Notes on Contributors ix
  2. Introduction
  3. Richard Bradford
  4. Part I The History of Literary Biography
  5. 1 The Emergence of Literary Biography
  6. Jane Darcy
  7. 2 Lasting First Impressions: On the Origins of Ambivalent Attitudes to the Lake Poets, Cockney Keats, and Satanic Shelley
  8. Andrew Keanie
  9. 3 How to Be an Author: Victorian Literary Biography c. 1830–1880
  10. ulian North
  11. 4 Un/making the Victorians: Literary Biography, 1880–1930
  12. Amber K. Regis
  13. 5 “Aerial Creations of the Poets”? New Biography and the BBC in the 1930s
  14. Claire Davison
  15. 6 Literary Biography in the Twentieth Century
  16. Dale Salwak
  17. Part II Issues, Theories, and Methodologies
  18. 7 Ethics and Literary Biography
  19. Craig Howes
  20. 8 Concerns about Facts and Form in Literary Biography
  21. Jane McVeigh
  22. 9 Women with a Theory: Feminism and Biography
  23. Kay Ferres
  24. 10 The Role of Diaries in the Development of Literary Biography
  25. Paul K. Lyons
  26. 11 Blurred Boundaries: Literary Biography, Literary Autobiography, and Evidence
  27. James Underwood
  28. 12 Reading and Interpreting: The Archival Legacies of Canadian Women Writers
  29. Linda M. Morra
  30. 13 Johnny and Bess: Life Writing and Gender
  31. Anna Beer
  32. 14 “The Man’s Life in the Letters of the Man”: Larkin, Letters, and Literary Biography
  33. Rebecca Devine
  34. 15 J.M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Style in Autobiography
  35. Emanuela Tegla
  36. 16 The Experience of Archives: Richmal Crompton and Others
  37. Jane McVeigh
  38. 17 Disappearing into the Front Page: The Case of Salman Rushdie and the Postmodern Memoir
  39. Madelena Gonzalez
  40. 18 Evidence and Invention: The Materials of Literary Biography
  41. Emily Bell
  42. 19 Mustabeens and Mightabeens: The Unknowability of English Renaissance Playwrights
  43. Kevin De Ornellas
  44. 20 Literary Biography, Literary Studies, and Theory: An Uneasy Relationship
  45. Richard Bradford
  46. 21 Estate Management: Evelyn Waugh and Muriel Spark
  47. Martin Stannard
  48. Part III Classic Cases
  49. 22 Chaucer
  50. Marion Turner
  51. 23 Writing Shakespeare’s Life
  52. Lois Potter
  53. 24 John Donne
  54. Tim Hancock
  55. 25 Jonathan Swift
  56. James Ward
  57. 26 Life and Death in the Literary Biographies of Pope and His Circle
  58. Paul Baines
  59. 27 Richardson and Fielding
  60. Thomas Lockwood
  61. 28 Biography as Myth‐Making: Obfuscation and Invention in Victorian Mand Post‐Victorian Literary Biography
  62. Jan Je?drzejewski
  63. 29 Dickens, Tennyson, Kipling
  64. John Batchelor
  65. 30 Would the Real Mr. Eliot Please Stand Up?
  66. Andrew Keanie
  67. 31 After Ellmann: The State of Joyce Biography
  68. John McCourt
  69. 32 Literary Biography and the De‐Canonization of Amy Lowell
  70. Carl Rollyson
  71. 33 Reviewing the Lives and Works of Philip Larkin and Kingsley Amis
  72. Andrew James
  73. Index