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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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Learning about Ourselves: Biography as Autobiography

Learning about Ourselves: Biography as Autobiography

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(p.266) (p.267) 17 Learning about Ourselves: Biography as Autobiography
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The Art of Literary Biography
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HUMPHREY CARPENTER

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.003.0018

This chapter presents the conversation between the author and Lyndall Gordon. They discuss biography as autobiography. One can't really follow the story of a life, when it deals with an archive, with letters and diaries, with orally collected memories, unless one has some sort of preconception of what is looking for. A biography about a play of Father Ignatius of Llanthony is reported. Every biography has a hidden agenda. The real subject of biography is always going to be yourself, some aspect of your personality, some reflection of what's happening in your life at the time you're writing the book.

Keywords:   biography, autobiography, Lyndall Gordon

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