Biography: A Very Short Introduction - Very Short Introductions (Paperback)
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Biography: A Very Short Introduction - Very Short Introductions (Paperback)

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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.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199533541
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 158 g
Dimensions: 174 x 113 x 11 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
It would be hard to think of anyone better to provide a crisp contribution to OUP's Very Short Introductions. * Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian *
A sophisticated overview for the general reader. * Andrew Lycett, Literary Review *
Enjoyable book on the subject. * Henry Power, TLS *

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“Excellent addition to Oxford's Very Short Introduction series”

Both scholarly and easy to read, Hermione Lee skilfully dissects and critically assesses the wide array of techniques adopted to reveal life histories. Her well chosen examples of biographies blend 'telling the... More

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