Biography A Very Short Introduction

The story should cover the whole life If a biography is to give you your money's worth ('A shilling life will give ... Until the 20th century, little detail was given about the childhood of the subject, unless to give anecdotes which ...

Biography  A Very Short Introduction

Biography is one of the most popular, best-selling, and widely-read of literary genres. But why do certain people and historical events arouse so much interest? How can biographies be compared with history and works of fiction? Does a biography need to be true? Is it acceptable to omit or conceal things? Does the biographer need to personally know the subject? Must a biographer be subjective? In this Very Short Introduction Hermione Lee considers the cultural and historical background of different types of biographies, looking at the factors that affect biographers and whether there are different strategies, ethics, and principles required for writing about one person compared to another. She also considers contemporary biographical publications and considers what kind of 'lives' are the most popular and in demand. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Biography: A Very Short Introduction
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Hermione Lee
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-07-09 - Publisher: OUP Oxford

Biography is one of the most popular, best-selling, and widely-read of literary genres. But why do certain people and historical events arouse so much interest? How can biographies be compared with history and works of fiction? Does a biography need to be true? Is it acceptable to omit or conceal
George Bernard Shaw: A Very Short Introduction
Language: en
Pages: 160
Authors: Christopher Wixson
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-09-24 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

George Bernard Shaw has been called the second greatest playwright in English (after William Shakespeare) and one of the inventors of modern celebrity as the most famous public intellectual of his time. Beginning in the 1880s, as a critic and as a playwright, he transformed British drama, bringing to it
Autobiography: A Very Short Introduction
Language: en
Pages: 144
Authors: Laura Marcus
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-07-19 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Autobiography is one of the most popular of written forms. From Casanova to Benjamin Franklin to the Kardashians, individuals throughout history have recorded their own lives and experiences. These personal writings are central to the work of literary critics, philosophers, historians and psychologists, who have found in autobiographies from across
The English Language: A Very Short Introduction
Language: en
Pages: 152
Authors: Simon Horobin
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-01-12 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

The English language is spoken by more than a billion people throughout the world. But where did English come from? And how has it evolved into the language used today? In this Very Short Introduction Simon Horobin investigates how we have arrived at the English we know today, and celebrates
Nazi Germany: A Very Short Introduction
Language: en
Pages: 144
Authors: Jane Caplan
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-07-25 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Any consideration of the 20th century would be incomplete without a discussion of Nazi Germany, an extraordinary regime which dominated European history for 12 years, and left a legacy that still echoes with us today. The incredible force of the destructive vision at the heart of Nazi Germany led to