Biography as High Adventure

Biography as High Adventure

I think this is what Lytton Strachey had in mind when he said that the biographical art was " the most delicate and humane of ... Unlike Yeats , unlike Henry James who called biography " one of the great observed adventures of mankind ...

Author: Stephen B. Oates

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: UCAL:B4315349

Category: Biografía

Page: 168

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In this volume ten distinguished biographers discuss the principles and practices of their craft.
Categories: Biografía

Writing Biography

Writing Biography

... ed . , “ In- troduction , " in Biography as High Adventure : Life - Writers Speak on Their Art ( Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press , 1986 ) , ix , reports that biographical titles have doubled since the 1960s . 12.

Author: Lloyd E. Ambrosius

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803210663

Category: History

Page: 192

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The historian as biographer must resolve questions that reflect the dual challenge of telling history and telling lives: How does the biographer sort out the individual?s role within the larger historical context? How do biographical studies relate to other forms of history? Should historians use different approaches to biography, depending on the cultures of their subjects? What are the appropriate primary sources and techniques that scholars should use in writing biographies in their respective fields? In Writing Biography, six prominent historians address these issues and reflect on their varied experiences and divergent perspectives as biographers. Shirley A. Leckie examines the psychological and personal connections between biographer and subject; R. Keith Schoppa considers the pervasive effect of culture on the recognition of individuality and the presentation of a life; Retha M. Warnicke explores past context and modern cultural biases in writing the biographies of Tudor women; John Milton Cooper Jr. discusses the challenges of writing modern biographies and the interplay of the biographer?s own experiences; Nell Irvin Painter looks at the process of reconstructing a life when written documents are scant; and Robert J. Richards investigates the intimate relationship between life experiences and new ideas. Despite their broad range of perspectives, all six scholars agree on two central points: biography and historical analysis are inextricably linked, and biographical studies offer an important tool for analyzing historical questions.
Categories: History

Telling the Untold Story

Telling the Untold Story

Oates , Biography as History . 31. Edel , Writing Lives . 32. Mark Schorer , " The Burdens of Biography , " Michigan Quarterly Review 1 ( Autumn 1962 ) : 249-58 , as reprinted in Biography as High Adventure , ed . Oates .

Author: Steve Weinberg

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826208738

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 276

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Examines how a new generation of biographers has expanded the boundaries of traditional biography by using investigative reporting skills to create revealing biographies of powerful personalities
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Varieties of Historical Experience

The Varieties of Historical Experience

In Biography as High Adventure: Life-Writers Speak on Their Art ed. Stephen B. Oates, 104–123. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press. Marois, Andres. 1986. “Biography as a Work of Art” In Biography as High Adventure: Life-Writers ...

Author: Charles Stewart

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429851988

Category: Social Science

Page: 14

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Stephan Palmié is Professor of Anthropology at The University of Chicago, USA. Charles Stewart is Professor of Anthropology at University College London, UK.
Categories: Social Science

Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers

Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers

Biography as High Adventure: Life-Writers Peak on Their Art. Ed. Stephen Oates, ix–xiii. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1986. Pearson, Hesketh. Ventilations: Being Biographical Asides. Philadelphia, PA: J. B. Lippincott ...

Author: Brenda Ayres

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319567501

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 291

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This book is an investigation of the biases, contradictions, errors, ambiguities, gaps, and historical contexts in biographies of controversial British women who published during the long nineteenth century, many of them left unchecked and perpetuated from publication to publication. Fourteen scholars analyze the agenda, problems, and strengths of biographical material, highlighting the flaws, deficiencies, and influences that have distorted the portraits of women such as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Hays, Sydney Owenson, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Felicia Hemans, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Caroline Norton, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Brontë, Lady Florence Dixie, George Eliot, and Edith Simcox. Through exposing distortions, this fascinating study demonstrates that biographies are often more about the biographer than they are about the biographee and that they are products of the time in which they are written.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Writing Educational Biography

Writing Educational Biography

Biographical inquiry provides a fresh perspective on and new possibilities and dimensions for education—new ways to ... DeSalvo and Ruddick (1984); Biography as High Adventure, edited by Stephen Oates (1986); Contesting the Subject, ...

Author: Craig Kridel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135613976

Category: Education

Page: 316

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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Categories: Education

The Academic President as Moral Leader

The Academic President as Moral Leader

17 Stephen Oates , ed . , Biography as High Adventure : Life - Writers Speak on Their Art ( Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press , 1986 ) ; Norman K. Denzin , Interpretative Biography ( Newbury Park CA : SAGE Publications ...

Author: F. Stuart Gulley

Publisher: Mercer University Press

ISBN: 0865547254

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 268

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"By exploring the moral authority of Laney himself as well as his commitment to the ideal of institution as a moral community, Gulley provides an important resource for understanding the dynamics of moral leadership. By studying Laney's experience, we can better understand the transformation of Emory University and higher education in the twentieth century."--Jacket.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Methods of Historical Analysis in Electronic Media

Methods of Historical Analysis in Electronic Media

68Paul Murray Kendall, “Walking the Boundaries,” in Biography as High Adventure: Life Writers Speak on Their Art, ed. Stephen B. Oates (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1986), 40. 69John Milton Cooper Jr., “Conception, ...

Author: Donald G. Godfrey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135607418

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 431

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Methods of Historical Analysis in Electronic Media provides a foundation for historical research in electronic media by addressing the literature and the methods--traditional and the eclectic methods of scholarship as applied to electronic media. It is about history--broadcast electronic media history and history that has been broadcast, and also about the historiography, research written, and the research yet to be written. Divided into five parts, this book: *addresses the challenges in the application of the historical methods to broadcast history; *reviews the various methods appropriate for electronic-media research based on the nature of the object under study; *suggests new approaches to popular historical topics; *takes a broad topical look at history in broadcasting; and *provides a broad overview of what has been accomplished, a historian's challenges, and future research. Intended for students and researchers in broadcast history, Methods of Historical Analysis in Electronic Media provides an understanding of the qualitative methodological tools necessary for the study of electronic media history, and illustrates how to find primary sources for electronic media research.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines



The Development of English Biography. London: Hogarth, 1927. Novarr, David. The Lines of Life: Theories of Biography, 1880–1970. West Lafayette, Ind.: Perdue University Press, 1986. Oates, Stephen B., ed. Biography as High Adventure: ...

Author: Nigel Hamilton

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674264267

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 360

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For thousands of years we have recorded real lives--the lives of others, and of ourselves. For what purpose and for whom has this universal and timeless pursuit endured? What obstacles have lain in the path of biographers in the past, and what continues to confound biographers today? Above all, how is it that biographies and autobiographies play such a contested, popular role in contemporary Western culture, from biopics to blogs, from memoir to docudrama? Award-winning biographer and teacher Nigel Hamilton addresses these questions in an incisive and vivid narrative that will appeal to students of human nature and self-representation across the arts and sciences. Tracing the remarkable and often ignored historical evolution of biography from the ancient world to the present, this brief and fascinating tour of the genre conveys the passionate quest to capture the lives of individuals and the many difficulties it has entailed through the centuries. From the Epic of Gilgamesh to American Splendor, from cuneiform to the Internet, from commemoration to deconstruction, from fiction to fact--by way of famous biographical artists such as Plutarch, Saint Augustine, Sir Walter Raleigh, Samuel Johnson, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Lord Byron, Sigmund Freud, Lytton Strachey, Abel Gance, Virginia Woolf, Leni Riefenstahl, Orson Welles, Julian Barnes, Ted Hughes, Frank McCourt, and many others--Nigel Hamilton's Biography: A Brief History will change the way you think about biography and real lives.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography



Morris also suggests that biography can learn to unify its presentation of lives through the study of motifs in music ... Biography as High Adventure: Life-Writers Speak on Their Art. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1986.

Author: Carl Rollyson

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504029896

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 232

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This is the only comprehensive, annotated bibliography of writing about biography. Rollyson, a biographer and scholar of biography, includes chapters on the history of biography (beginning in the Greco-Roman period and concluding with biographers such as Leon Edel and Richard Ellmann). Ample sections on psychobiography, the new feminist biography, and on biographers who appear in works of fiction, are also included. Cited in many recent books on the genre of biography, Biography: An Annotated Bibliography, is an essential research tool as well as a clearly written work for those wishing to browse through the commentary on this important genre.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography