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Jessica Martin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270157

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270157.001.0001

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Walton’s Lives of Donne and Herbert

Walton’s Lives of Donne and Herbert

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Walton’s Lives

Jessica Martin

Oxford University Press

In Daniel Featley's Life of Jewel, it is asserted that the ‘truth of love’ in biography should not ‘prejudice’ the ‘love of truth’. As this suggests a preference toward information that is truth-led as opposed to that that is love-led, it is also emphasized that love entails its own truth and this is the kind that is able to challenge the truth associated with intractable fact. The tensions between the two types of information that a biographer has to rule over are modified by Walton, specifically in the biographies discussed in this chapter. He had to give emphasis to the affectionate relationship that he shared with the subject to establish his credentials for making these biographies. This chapter looks into Walton's biographies of both John Donne and George Herbert that justify the ‘truth of love’.

Keywords:   truth of love, love of truth, truth-led information, love-led information, John Donne, George Herbert

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