'The solace of doubt' ? Biographical methodology after the short twentieth century

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This chapter discusses some of the trends in the twentieth century that have emerged in publications on how to write biographies, and emphasizes the trends of the past twenty years. Its focus is on English-language biography. It is suggested that one can understand the present debates as a rethinking of the suppositions of twentieth-century modernist biography.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMapping Lives
Subtitle of host publicationThe Uses of Biography
EditorsPeter France, William St Clair
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780191734595
ISBN (Print)9780197263181
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sept 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Biographies
  • English-language biography
  • Modernist biography
  • Suppositions
  • Trends
  • Twentieth century

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