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Biography : A Very Short Introduction - Hermione Lee

Biography

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 9th July 2009
ISBN: 9780199533541
Number Of Pages: 184

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Hermione Lee is one of the leading literary biographers in the English-speaking world, the author of widely acclaimed lives of Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf. Now, in this Very Short Introduction, Lee provides a magnificent look at the genre in which she is an undisputed master--the art of biography. Here Lee considers the cultural and historical background of different types of biographies, looks at the factors that affect biographers, and asks whether there are different strategies, ethics, and principles required for writing about one person compared to another. She also discusses contemporary biographical publications and considers what kind of "lives" are the most popular and in demand. And along the way, she answers such questions as why do certain people and historical events arouse so much interest? How can biographies be compared with history and works of fiction? Does a biography need to be true? Is it acceptable to omit or conceal things? Does the biographer need to personally know the subject? Must a biographer be subjective?

Industry Reviews

It would be hard to think of anyone better to provide a crisp contribution to OUP's Very Short Introductions. * Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian *
A sophisticated overview for the general reader. * Andrew Lycett, Literary Review *
Enjoyable book on the subject. * Henry Power, TLS *

1: The Biography Channel 2: Exemplary Lives 3: Warts and All 4: National Biography 5: Fallen Idols 6: Against Biography 7: Public Roles 8: Telling the Story

ISBN: 9780199533541
ISBN-10: 0199533547
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 9th July 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.27 x 10.92  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.16

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