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Testamentary Acts: Browning, Tennyson, James, Hardy

Michael Millgate

Abstract

The testamentary acts of this book are those strategies of self-protection and self-projection — textual and personal, before and after death — by which authors seek in old age to enhance posterity's view of themselves and their work. The four figures examined here in detail — Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson, Henry James, and Thomas Hardy — sought to maintain their personal privacy and control the integrity of their texts by, for example, destroying documents, writing autobiographies, revising their earlier works and supplying them with retrospective prefaces, and publishing so-called ‘collec ... More

Keywords: testamentary acts, self-protection, self-projection, posterity, integrity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198183662
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183662.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Millgate, author
University of Toronto