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08 Jun 1998
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Writing the Lives of Writers ponders that strange ventriloquized dialogue between biographers and their subjects, a dialogue all the stranger when the subject is a writer. It contains 22 essays by internationally distinguished scholars and biographers including Martin C. Battestin, Isobel Grundy, John Haffenden, Hermione Lee, Lawrence Lipking, Ray Monk, Hazel Rowley, Max Saunders, Martin Stannard and John Worthen. They tackle the lives of Chaucer, Tyndale, More, Fielding and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Wordsworth, Henry James, Ford Madox Ford, Yeats, Lawrence, Dorothy Richardson, Virginia Woolf, Malcolm Lowry, F.R. Leavis, Richard Wright and Brian Penton.


Description

Writing the Lives of Writers ponders that strange ventriloquized dialogue between biographers and their subjects, a dialogue all the stranger when the subject is a writer. It contains 22 essays by internationally distinguished scholars and biographers including Martin C. Battestin, Isobel Grundy, John Haffenden, Hermione Lee, Lawrence Lipking, Ray Monk, Hazel Rowley, Max Saunders, Martin Stannard and John Worthen. They tackle the lives of Chaucer, Tyndale, More, Fielding and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Wordsworth, Henry James, Ford Madox Ford, Yeats, Lawrence, Dorothy Richardson, Virginia Woolf, Malcolm Lowry, F.R. Leavis, Richard Wright and Brian Penton.


Contents

Notes on the Contributors
Preface and Acknowledgements
A Matter of Life and Death; M.Stannard
Life over Literature; or, Whatever Happened to Critical Biography?; J.Haffenden
The Birth of the Author; L.Lipking
Recreating Chaucer; R.Kennedy
William Tyndale: Bricks without Straw; D.Daniell
Writing Contexts in William Roper's Life of Thomas More; M.Robson
Life-Writing without Letters: Fielding and the Problem of Evidence; M.C.Battestin
'Acquainted with all the Modes of Life': The Difficulty of Biography; I.Grundy
The White Doe of Rylstone: An Exercise in Autobiographical Displacement; J.Williams
The Right to Privacy/The Will to Knowledge: Henry James and the Ethics of Biographical Enquiry; R.Salmon
Ford, Eliot, Joyce and the Problems of Literary Biography; M.Saunders
'Witch' or 'Bitch'-Which?: Yeats, Archives, and the Profession of Authorship Archive; W.Gould
The Biographer and Perspective; J.Worthen
Explaining the Abnormal: D.H. Lawrence and Tuberculosis; D.Ellis
'The Past is with me, seen anew': Biography's End in Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage; J.Winning
Am I Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; H.Lee
Devilish Repressions: Bertrand Russell's Use of Fiction as Autobiography; R.Monk
Constructing the Biographical Subject: The Case of Malcolm Lowry; G.Bowker
Textual Biography: Writing the Lives of Books; A.Atkins
Vignettes: Leavis, Biography and the Body; I.MacKillop
Richard Wright: Intellectual Exile; H.Rowley
Private Scandals and Public Actions: the Politics of Reputation in the Career of Brian Penton; P.Buckridge
Index


Authors

WARWICK GOULD is Professor of English Literature at the University of London, where he teaches at Royal Holloway and the School of Advanced Study. He is co-author (with Marjorie Reeves) of Joachim of Fiore and the Myth of the Eternal Evangel in the Nineteenth Century, and co-editor of The Secret Rose, Stories by W.B. Yeats: A Variorum Edition, and of The Collected Letters of W.B. Yeats, II, 1896-1900, and is working on editions of Yeats's Early Essays and Mythologies for the Macmillan Collected Edition, and of Yeats's Occult Diaries (1898-1901).

THOMAS F. STALEY is Director of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Centre at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is also Professor of English and holds the Ransom Chair of Liberal Arts. He is the author of Dorothy Richardson and of Jean Rhys: A Critical Study. He has written or edited many books on James Joyce, Italo Svevo, and 20th century women novelists. He founded the James Joyce Quarterly and edited it for 25 years: he now edits the Joyce Studies Annual. He is currently working on a study of John Rodker.