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Revealing Literary Lives: Frank and Forthright British Literary Biographies in the Late Victorian Era, 1870-1901

Abstract This thesis analyzes how several well-known biographies of popular nineteenth-century British literary figures overturned and upset the usual heroic literary biographies that typified the genre during the Victorian era. Popular public opinion in the nineteenth century was that literary biographies existed as moral guideposts--designed to instruct and edify readers. Richard D. Altick's theory of biographical conventions of reticence--which contends that ultimately literary biographies were committed to establishing or preserving an idealized image of the author--is utilized to explore the nuances of how certain radical biographies in which the biographer is forthright about the subject's private life displeased and disturbed the publ... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Letourneur, Jessica (Author) / Warren-Findley, Jannelle (Advisor) / Codell, Julie F (Committee member) / Szuter, Christine (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject History / Biographies / Books / British / Literary Biographies / Publishing / Victorian
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 115 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. History 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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