Biographical Passages: Essays on Victorian and Modernist Biography

Biographical Passages: Essays on Victorian and Modernist Biography

by Joe Law
     
 

In the last two decades, biographies have grown in popularity, often eclipsing the novel in sales and accessibility to specialists and the general public alike. Widely regarded as a distinctly modern form, today's biographies are marked by their willingness to "tell all" or to pursue overt political aims. But how new, how unprecedented, are today's

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In the last two decades, biographies have grown in popularity, often eclipsing the novel in sales and accessibility to specialists and the general public alike. Widely regarded as a distinctly modern form, today's biographies are marked by their willingness to "tell all" or to pursue overt political aims. But how new, how unprecedented, are today's biographies? Biographical Passages addresses this important question by juxtaposing Victorian and Modernist biography from diverse perspectives.

Challenging the view that modern biographies are radically different from the straitlaced and ponderous Victorian tomes, Joe Law and Linda K. Hughes illustrate that continuities in biographical practice do exist, proving, for example, that the "tell-all" biography is not the exclusive preserve of the twentieth century. Enlisting the talents of such acclaimed biographers and scholars as P. N. Furbank and Michael Holroyd, Biographical Passages is a true exploration of the art and craft of biography. Essays on the usefulness of biography in approaching late Victorian artists provide a detailed scrutiny of modern biography across disciplines and from a rich array of vantage points. Additional essays on E. M. Forster and the relations between England and India analyze the role of cultural difference in biography.

Law and Hughes conclude Biographical Passages with an epilogue in tribute to a scholar whose work is closely connected to all the essays in this collection—Mary Lago. Widely known for her important contributions to studies of late Victorian and Edwardian literature, art, music, and Anglo-Indian relations, Lago is the author of biographies of Christina Herringham and E. M. Forster.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826212566
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
"And What Have You Done?": Victorian Biography Today1
The Craftlike Nature of Biography18
"On the Border-line between the Old and the New": Bloomsbury, Biography, and Gerald Brenan28
"A Kind of Voyage": E. M. Forster and Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd44
Victorian Artists' Family Biographies: Domestic Authority, the Marketplace, and the Artist's Body65
Infinite Rest: Sleep, Death, and the Awakening in the Late Works of Edward Burne-Jones109
The Road from Poodur: A Passage to America127
Essaying Biography: The Career of Mary Lago180
Publications by Mary Lago193
About the Contributors199
Index201

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