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Self ImpressionLife-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature$
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Max Saunders

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579761

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.001.0001

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Pseudonymity, Third‐personality, and Anonymity as Disturbances in fin de siècle Auto/biography: ‘Mark Rutherford’, George Gissing, Edmund Gosse and Others

Pseudonymity, Third‐personality, and Anonymity as Disturbances in fin de siècle Auto/biography: ‘Mark Rutherford’, George Gissing, Edmund Gosse and Others

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(p.108) 3 Pseudonymity, Third‐personality, and Anonymity as Disturbances in fin de siècle Auto/biography: ‘Mark Rutherford’, George Gissing, Edmund Gosse and Others
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Self Impression
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.003.0004

This is the first of four chapters exploring the turn‐of‐the‐century disturbances in the relation between life‐writing and fiction. It argues that ‘autobiography’ begins to seem a problematic category in the period, and gets displaced towards fiction. The chapter focuses on ‘Mark Rutherford’, not just for his autobiography, but for his later inclusion of the story ‘A Mysterious Portrait’. The concept of the heteronym is introduced, to be developed in Chapters 7 and Chapter 8. Other authors discussed here include George Gissing (The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft), H. G. Wells (Boon), Henry Adams, Samuel Butler (The Way of All Flesh), and Edmund Gosse (Father and Son). The various displacements of auto/biography are shown to complicate Lejeune's concept of the autobiographic contract guaranteeing the identity of author, narrator, and subject.

Keywords:   pseudonymity, third‐personality, anonymity, heteronymity, heteronym, fin de siècle, Auto/biography, Autobiography, Mark Rutherford, William Hale White, The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford, A Mysterious Portrait, George Gissing, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft, H. G. Wells, Boon, Henry Adams, Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh, Edmund Gosse, Father and Son, Philippe Lejeune

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