Constructing American Lives: Biography and Culture in Nineteenth-Century America (Paperback)
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Constructing American Lives: Biography and Culture in Nineteenth-Century America (Paperback)

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Paperback 456 Pages / Published: 30/04/1999
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Nineteenth-century American authors, critics, and readers believed that biography had the power to shape individuals' characters and to help define the nation's identity. In an age predating radio and television, biography was not simply a genre of writing, says Scott Casper; it was the medium that allowed people to learn about public figures and peer into the lives of strangers. In this pioneering study, Casper examines how Americans wrote, published, and read biographies and how their conceptions of the genre changed over the course of a century. Campaign biographies, memoirs of pious women, patriotic narratives of eminent statesmen, ""mug books"" that collected the lives of ordinary midwestern farmers--all were labeled ""biography,"" however disparate their contents and the contexts of their creation, publication, and dissemination. Analyzing debates over how these diverse biographies should be written and read, Casper reveals larger disputes over the meaning of character, the definition of American history, and the place of American literary practices in a transatlantic world of letters. As much a personal experience as a literary genre, biography helped Americans imagine their own lives as well as the ones about which they wrote and read. |Nineteenth-century Americans believed that biographies influenced individual character and national identity. This book examines how Americans wrote, published, and read biographies during the 1800s, showing how their conceptions of the genre changed over time.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807847657
Number of pages: 456
Weight: 644 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 27 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
An excellent study linking the biographical genre within the context of the 19th-century culture.

"Choice"


Casper has made a sweeping and encyclopedic survey of the cultural work of an important genre.

"Reviews in American History"


CasperUs ambition and accomplishment are clearly worthy of both our admiration and our applause.

"American Historical Review"


Casper's excellent "Consturcting American Lives" defines a new way of conceiving and writing literary history .

"Journal of Interdisciplinary History"


Caspers ambition and accomplishment are clearly worthy of both our admiration and our applause.

"American Historical Review"


Caspera[s ambition and accomplishment are clearly worthy of both our admiration and our applause.

"American Historical Review"


Anyone interested in nineteenth-century American cultural production will need to read [Casper's] book.

"Journal of American History"


Casper_s ambition and accomplishment are clearly worthy of both our admiration and our applause.

"American Historical Review"


Casper 's ambition and accomplishment are clearly worthy of both our admiration and our applause.

"American Historical Review"


Casper s ambition and accomplishment are clearly worthy of both our admiration and our applause.

"American Historical Review"

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