Patterns of Experience in Autobiography

Patterns of Experience in Autobiography

by Susanna Egan

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Egan asks why autobiographers use patterns — such as myths of paradise and paradise lost, the journey, conversion, and confession — taken from fiction to express personal experiences. She suggests that these stages of the written life derive from psychological imperatives that determine how the self and the world are perceived. She examines the autobiographical works of Rousseau, Wordsworth, George Moore, and Thomas Carlyle and the writings of William Hale White, De Quincey, and John Stuart Mill.

Originally published in 1984.

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ISBN-13: 9780807865330
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 01/27/2011
Edition description: 1
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

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An immensely appealing book, written with clarity and grace, and . . . a fine, sensitive study of autobiography as a distinctive mode of literature.—James Olney

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