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p. 725. Fallen Idolslocked

  • Hermione Lee

Abstract

If Victorian biography was seen as reticent and decorous, biography at the start of the 20th-century was candid, psychoanalytical, and experimental. ‘Fallen Idols’ charts the progress of biography into the 20th-century. The influence of key writers and books, such as Edmund Gosse's Father and Son, Lytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians, and Virginia Woolf and Sigmund Freud are examined in the context of the changes in society and also seen as a reaction against what had gone before. Modernist experiments and Freudian case-histories would provide influential models for biographies well into the 20th-century.

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