A Habitat of Stories



This chapter briefly describes some experimental features in late twentieth- and early twenty-first century British literary biography. Recent narrative nonfiction biographies have been concerned with friendships, group biographies of peers, communities and families, and partial lives concerned with particular periods in, or aspects of, a life, as well as the lives of people who are not famous, some of whom may have had a significant part to play in the life of a canonical figure. Biographies have also approached someone’s life from the perspective of objects that seem to represent something about them, as well as the historical period and society in which they lived. The chapter ends with a conversation with Kathryn Hughes, whose reviews of recent biographies are in tune with changes in the genre.


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