A Brief History of Biographies: From Plutarch to Celebs

  • Publication Date: 01/09/2011
  • ISBN 13: 9781843919728
  • Page Extent: 120
  • Format: Paperback
  • Imprint: Hesperus Classics
Availability: In stock
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About the Book

Does the success of warts-and-all celebrity biographies betray our prurient, voyeuristic times? Or is a fascination with the lives and struggles of others a facet of human nature, discernible in the oldest of texts? Modern biographies, Andrew Brown argues, inspire by framing life as a struggle – against drink, drugs, depression or deprivation – that is eventually won. Yet this trajectory can similarly be found in even the earliest lives of saints, struggling against the devil. How has our attitude to life-writing been affected by developments such as the rise of psychoanalysis and the destabilisation of the self?

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