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The Art of Literary Biography

John Batchelor


Is literary biography so widely read for popular, ‘prurient’ reasons, or for ‘reputable’ intellectual reasons? Is it of interest only in so far as it illuminates a writer's work? How much can we know about a life, such as Shakespeare's, where the documentation is so scanty? In this revealing new work seventeen leading critics and professional biographers discuss a broad range of issues, including the relationships between biography and autobiography, the problems genre poses, and the literary biographer at work, together with authors, such as Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, Huxley, Conrad, and Rocheste ... More

Keywords: literary biography, autobiography, genre, Woolf, Lawrence, Huxley, Conrad, Rochester, Shakespeare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198182894
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Batchelor, editor
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and biographer of Joseph Conrad

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