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Michael Holroyd Re-creating Lives

  • Jane McVeigh
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Abstract

This chapter on the writing of Michael Holroyd shows how both biography and memoir, in common with other forms of life-writing, are essentially discourses in which both the subject, or subjects, and the narrator are in conversation. It is one reader’s attempt to understand how Holroyd’s re-creative writing can be understood. His writing is in tune with a form of life-writing that seeks a pattern based on rigorous research and compelling storytelling. In his writing, Holroyd is an artist on oath who re-creates a story based on the facts of a life or lives. The chapter ends with a conversation with Holroyd.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Roehampton UniversityLondonUK

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