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Portraits from Life: Modernist Novelists and Autobiography

Jerome Boyd Maunsell


Portraits from Life examines the ways in which a group of major Modernist writers—Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, Henry James, Wyndham Lewis, Gertrude Stein, H. G. Wells, and Edith Wharton—depicted themselves and each other in their memoirs and autobiographies, rather than in their fiction. In a series of reconstructions of biographical contexts, it reveals how each of these novelists approached the task of writing their own lives, and how they experimented with the form and style of autobiography. Memoirs and autobiographies, as this book argues, are often just as artful as novels. Showing ho ... More

Keywords: autobiography, biography, life-writing, literary Impressionism, modernism, First World War, Second World War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198789369
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198789369.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jerome Boyd Maunsell, author