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Literary Biography -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 1 Literary Biography Now and Then -- The Cinderella of Literary Studies -- The Rise and Rise of Literary Biography -- Dr Johnson: Biographer, Theorist and Subject -- Virginia Woolf: Time, Memory and Identity -- 2 Life [Hi]Stories: Telling Tales -- Aspects of Narrative -- (i) Beginnings: Charlotte Brontë -- (ii) Middles: Thomas Hardy -- (iii) Endings: Jane Austen -- The Naked Biographer -- Inventing the Truth -- 3 Reading Biography -- Biographer, Biography and the Reader -- Imagining Blake -- Problems of a Hybrid Form -- Reading Lessons -- 4 Literary Biomythography -- Biomythography -- Myth-Making: The Brontë Paradigm -- (i) Facts: Selection and 'Spin' -- (ii) Fact into Fiction -- (iii) Fiction into Myth -- (iv) Myth into 'Faction' -- (v) Demythologising the Brontës -- Variations on the Theme -- (i) Byron -- (ii) Dickens -- (iii) Sylvia Plath -- Conclusions -- 5 Inferential Biography: Shakespeare the Invisible Man -- Virtual Shakespeares -- (i) The Facts -- (ii) The Theatrical Context -- (iii) The Social Context -- (iv) The Shakespeare Mythos -- (v) The Shakespeare Canon -- The Implied Author: Inferential Biography -- (i) The Art of Love: The Sonnets -- (ii) Prejudice, Discrimination and the Law: The Merchant of Venice -- (iii) War and the Politics of Nationhood: Henry V -- (iv) Language and Thinking: Hamlet -- (v) Art and Artifice: The Tempest -- The Limits of Imagination -- 6 Literary Biography and Portraiture -- Sister Arts -- (i) Biography and Portraiture: Reynolds's Portrait of Dr Johnson -- (ii) Reading the Image: Cassandra Austen's Sketch of Jane Austen -- (iii) Visual Myth-Making: Henry Weekes's Shelley Monument -- (iv) Celebrity Image: Thomas Phillips's Portrait of Byron in Albanian Dress.
(v) Visual Memoir: Joseph Severn's Portrait of John Keats -- (vi) Bardography: The Chandos Portrait of Shakespeare -- (vii) The Inner Life: R. W. Buss's Dickens's Dream -- (viii) Sisters' Arts: Vanessa Bell's Portrait of Virginia Woolf -- (ix) 'To prepare a face …': Patrick Heron's Portrait of T. S. Eliot -- (x) Branwell's Ghost: Branwell Brontë's Portrait of his Three Sisters -- Art to Order -- 7 Comparative Biography: Dickens's 'Lives' -- The Victorian Dickens -- The Modern Dickens -- The Post-Modern Dickens -- Lives and Times -- 8 Literary Auto/Biography -- Acts of Self-Creation in Wordsworth and Joyce -- Wordsworth's 'biographic verse' -- Joyce's 'artist, like the God of creation' -- Masks and Metaphors -- 9 Biography in Practice -- An Interview with Dominic Hibberd, author of Wilfred Owen: A New Biography -- Living with the Subject -- Imagining Wilfred -- Matters of Life and Death -- 10 Authorised Lives -- The Life of Graham Greene by Norman Sherry -- Bernard Shaw by Michael Holroyd -- T. S. Eliot by Peter Ackroyd -- Orwell: The Life by D. J. Taylor -- Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life by Andrew Motion -- Contemporary Lives -- 11 Literary Lives: Scenes and Stories -- Dinner with Dr Johnson and John Wilkes -- Dinner with Mrs Ramsay -- Biography and Fiction -- 12 Biography and the Future -- Select Bibliography -- Further Reading -- General Bibliography -- Index.
"Here is an admirably lucid yet sophisticated introduction to that most venerable and enjoyable of genres, literary biography. Often perceived as a 'Cinderella' subject, of only marginal interest to the academy, literary biography has not always received the kind of sustained, intelligent scrutiny which it deserves. Michael Benton goes a long way towards righting this wrong with this elegant introduction which is likely to appeal to both established scholars and to the growing number of university students who study the subject at all levels." -Kathryn Hughes, Professor of Life Writing, University of East Anglia "Provides tutors and students with a useful means of entry to a complex and rapidly developing area of debate." -Dinah Birch, University of Liverpool "I found this book both highly enjoyable and informative. It is simply excellent - very well written, elegant in structure and individual phrasing, a fascinating topic and a provocative introduction to a range of biographies." -Geoff Fox, Exeter University.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2019. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.