We Tell Stories About Ourselves and Others

  • Jane McVeigh


The introductory chapter touches on some of the different ways that the biographies discussed in the book have been read. The author takes the view that how a biography has been written becomes part of the story of that life or group of lives. We all tell stories about our own lives and those of others, but the story may have a slightly different focus or emphasis depending on who is telling it, who they are speaking to, when the events discussed took place, and how the story is told. The author places herself in conversation with British literary biographers from the late twentieth century, who in turn are in conversation with their subjects.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Roehampton UniversityLondonUK

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