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1. The Biography Channel

1. The Biography Channel  

Hermione Lee

in Biography: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2009
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777226
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.003.0001
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199533541
Can we agree a definition of biography? ‘The Biography Channel’ examines the difficulty of defining a neat, single meaning for biography. Two metaphors offer different perspectives on ... More
2. Exemplary Lives

2. Exemplary Lives  

Hermione Lee

in Biography: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2009
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777226
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.003.0002
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199533541
‘Exemplary Lives’ traces the history of western biography from its beginnings in antiquity to Aubrey's Brief Lives in the seventeenth-century England. The snippets of the lives of famous ... More
8. Telling the Story

8. Telling the Story  

Hermione Lee

in Biography: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2009
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777226
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.003.0008
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chapter
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9780199533541
‘Telling the Story’ illustrates that different kinds of narratives may fit different kinds of narrative subject. Some lives demand experiment in form whilst others require a more ... More
3. Warts and All

3. Warts and All  

Hermione Lee

in Biography: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2009
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777226
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.003.0003
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199533541
‘Warts of All’ looks at the most famous biography in the English language, Boswell's Life of Johnson. Why did the life of such an eccentric, opinionated, neurotic 18th-century ... More
Biography: A Very Short Introduction

Biography: A Very Short Introduction  

Hermione Lee

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2009
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777226
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199533541
Biography: A Very Short Introduction looks at the origins and development of biographical writing. Why do certain people and historical events arouse so much interest? How can ... More
The Englishman

The Englishman  

Nicholas Cronk

in Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2017
Published Online: 
Feb 2017
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199688357.003.0004
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Voltaire arrived in London in May 1726, primarily to publish a definitive edition of his epic La Henriade as censorship made this impossible in France. ‘The Englishman’ describes how ... More

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