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Victorian Biography Reconsidered: A Study of Nineteenth-Century 'Hidden' Lives

Juliette Atkinson


In 1939, Virginia Woolf called for a more inclusive form of biography, which would include ‘the failures as well as the successes, the humble as well as the illustrious’. She did so in part as a reaction against Victorian life‐writing, deemed to have been overly preoccupied with ‘Great Men’. Yet a significant number of Victorians had already broken ranks to write the lives of humble, unsuccessful, or neglected men and women. Victorian Biography Reconsidered seeks to uncover and assess this trend. The book begins with an overview of Victorian biography followed by a reflection on how the baggin ... More

Keywords: biography, life‐writing, Carlyle, Woolf, DNB, hero‐worship, working‐class, neglect

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572137
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Juliette Atkinson, author
British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University College London
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