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Walton’s Lives

Jessica Martin

Abstract

This book argues that Walton's practice, in his Lives, was crucial in shaping modern expectations of biography: how it should be organised, how it should treat evidence, how seriously it should regard narrative coherence, and most particularly in the modern expectation of an intimate relationship between author, reader, and subject. This book considers Walton's biographical ethics in relation to the tributary genres influencing him as they emerged from post-Reformation commendatory practice after 1546, most particularly classical funeral oratory and the emergent Protestant funeral sermon, the ... More

Keywords: Walton, Lives, biography, narrative coherence, Plutarchan parallel, didactic Character, martyrological narrative, direct model, posthumous autobiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198270157
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270157.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Martin, author
University of Warsaw

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