Biography: A Brief History

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 360 pages
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For what purpose and for whom has biographical pursuit endured, and how does it play such a contested, popular role in contemporary Western culture, from biopics to blogs, memoirs to docudramas? Award-winning biographer Hamilton addresses these questions in an incisive and vivid narrative that will appeal to students of human nature and self-representation across the arts and sciences.
 

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Contents

1 Evolutionary Biography
6
Hagiography
33
The Renaissance of Biography
60
Victorian Pseudobiography
100
The Early Twentieth Century
129
The Rise of Film
168
The Peoples War
186
Death of the Author
206
Biography on Trial
242
The Miners Canary
251
Biography Today
279
Epilogue
292
Notes
297
Bibliography
315
Acknowledgments
322
Index
329

New Directions
213
Biography Comes of Age
222

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About the author (2009)

Nigel Hamilton is the author of prize-winning biographies of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and of John F. Kennedy. He is currently a Senior Fellow of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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