Melancholy and Literary Biography, 1640–1816

  • Authors
  • Jane Darcy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Jane Darcy
      Pages 1-9
  3. Johnson, Melancholy and Early Literary Biography 1640–1791

  4. Melancholy and Biographical Experimentation around 1800

  5. Conclusion

    1. Jane Darcy
      Pages 205-214
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 215-255

About this book


This book traces the development of literary biography in the eighteenth century; how writers' melancholy was probed to explore the inner life. Case studies of a number of significant authors reveal the 1790s as a time of biographical experimentation. Reaction against philosophical biography led to a nineteenth-century taste for romanticized lives.


bibliography biography Case Studies English philosophy Romanticism time

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