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The Art of Literary Biography$
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John Batchelor

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198182894

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.001.0001

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Pieties and Literary Biography

Pieties and Literary Biography

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(p.212) (p.213) 14 Pieties and Literary Biography
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The Art of Literary Biography
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NORMAN WHITE

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.003.0015

The potential subjects of literary biographies have almost always been suspicious of the idea of a book about themselves. ‘Pieties’ is used in the title because of its ambiguous and floating nature, and because of its relevance to the biographizing of the life of a writer who was also a priest. The three primary meanings of ‘pious’ are: (1) showing devotion to religious duties; (2) dutiful, loyal; and (3) marked by hypocritical virtue, sanctimonious. This chapter discusses a kind of conflict that recurs in creating biographies, that between the ‘truthful’ picture of the subject that the biographer sees and the ‘desirable’ picture proposed by interested other parties — guardians of conventions and proprieties; in particular, the conflict between the warts-and-all image proposed by modern secular biographers, and the hagiographic tradition of portraying an exemplary picture of an ideal, as a guide for emulation. It is Hopkins' distinctive qualities that make him worth reading and exploring.

Keywords:   pieties, literary biography, pious, religious duties

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