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p. 1228. Telling the Storylocked

  • Hermione Lee


‘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 conventional and linear approach. All biographies share some common features, including a time, a place, a character, and events. Some biographers will want to introduce a moral judgement or personal opinion, whilst others will concentrate on a particular part of the life. Every biography offers many alternative possibilities. Biographers may — and probably ought to — end their work still feeling that there were many things they never discovered.

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