First published in 1977, this book explores biography in the post-Renaissance period and investigates some of the problems implicit in this literary form. The introduction considers various aspects of biographical theory as expressed by practitioners and critics. The rest of the book is a detailed examination of specific works placed in chronological context — reflecting the author’s assertion that a work of biography is inseparable from the intellectual and cultural precepts of its age. Amongst the works examined are: Plutarch’s Lives, Aubrey’s Brief Lives, Boswell’s Life of Johnson, and Johnson’s Life of Savage. This book will be of interest to students of literature and cultural history.
General Editor’s Preface; Prefatory note; 1 Some problems of the form 2 Exemplum and anecdote 3 Author and subject 4 Public legends: private lives 5 Truth of fact and truth of fiction; Bibliography; Index
This set of 37 volumes is a revival of the original Critical Idiom series. First published between 1969 and 1979, the volumes in this series provide concise and accessible introductions to a range of critical terms which are key to the study of literature. This set will be a valuable resource for students working with complex literary terminology.