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Mapping LivesThe Uses of Biography$
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Peter France and William St Clair

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263181

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263181.001.0001

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‘The Solace of Doubt’? Biographical Methodology after the Short Twentieth Century

‘The Solace of Doubt’? Biographical Methodology after the Short Twentieth Century

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(p.320) (p.321) 18 ‘The Solace of Doubt’? Biographical Methodology after the Short Twentieth Century
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Mapping Lives
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James Walter

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263181.003.0019

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.

Keywords:   trends, twentieth century, biographies, English-language biography, modernist biography, suppositions

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