Download e-book for iPad: Victorian Biography Reconsidered: A Study of by Juliette Atkinson

By Juliette Atkinson

In 1939, Virginia Woolf referred to as for a extra inclusive kind of biography, which might comprise 'the disasters in addition to the successes, the common-or-garden in addition to the illustrious'. She did so partly as a response opposed to Victorian biography, deemed to were overly preoccupied with 'Great Men'. but an important variety of Victorians had already damaged ranks to put in writing the lives of humble, unsuccessful, or overlooked women and men. Victorian Biography Reconsidered
seeks to discover and examine this trend.

The ebook starts with an outline of Victorian biography through a mirrored image on how the bagginess of nineteenth-century hero-worship enabled new topics to emerge. Biographies of 'hidden' lives are then scrutinized via chapters at the lives of humble naturalists, failed destinies, minor ladies writers, overlooked Romantic poets rescued by means of Victorian biographers, and, ultimately, the Dictionary of nationwide Biography. In its end, the publication in brief discusses how Virginia Woolf
absorbed prior biographical developments earlier than redirecting the illustration of 'hidden' lives.

Victorian Biography Reconsidered argues that, usually ironically, nineteenth-century biographers looked the general public sphere with extreme wariness. At a time of instability for males of letters, biographers embraced the function of mediators in a fashion that asserted their very own cultural authority. often, they confirmed no real interest in vouchsafing immortality for his or her unknown or forgotten topics, yet strove in its place to impress among their readers a sense of gratitude for the hidden
labour that sustained the country and an appreciation for the writers who had introduced it to their attention.

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