The New Art of Autobiography

Author: Donald Phillip Verene

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 263

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A study of Vico's autobiography, this volume places the work within the development of the genre. The author argues that Vico made the telling of his own life an application of his philosophy on human history and considers it in relation to Augustine's "Confessions" and Descartes' "Discourse".

Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520946995

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 760

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"I've struck it!" Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a friend. "And I will give it away—to you. You will never know how much enjoyment you have lost until you get to dictating your autobiography." Thus, after dozens of false starts and hundreds of pages, Twain embarked on his "Final (and Right) Plan" for telling the story of his life. His innovative notion—to "talk only about the thing which interests you for the moment"—meant that his thoughts could range freely. The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was therefore free to speak his "whole frank mind." The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain's death. In celebration of this important milestone and in honor of the cherished tradition of publishing Mark Twain's works, UC Press is proud to offer for the first time Mark Twain's uncensored autobiography in its entirety and exactly as he left it. This major literary event brings to readers, admirers, and scholars the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain's authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave as he intended. Editors: Harriet E. Smith, Benjamin Griffin, Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Sharon K. Goetz, Leslie Myrick

Caribbean Autobiography

Author: ProQuest (Firm),Professor Sandra Pouchet Paquet

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 345

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Despite the range and abundance of autobiographical writing from the Anglophone Caribbean, this book is the first to explore this literature fully. It covers works from the colonial era up to present-day AIDS memoirs and assesses the links between more familiar works by George Lamming, C. L. R. James, Derek Walcott, V. S. Naipaul, and Jamaica Kincaid and less frequently cited works by the Hart sisters, Mary Prince, Mary Seacole, Claude McKay, Yseult Bridges, Jean Rhys, Anna Mahase, and Kamau Brathwaite. Sandra Pouchet Paquet charts the intersection of multiple, contradictory viewpoints of the colonial and postcolonial Caribbean, differing concepts of community and levels of social integration, and a persistent pattern of both resistance and accommodation within island states that were largely shaped by British colonial practice from the mid-seventeenth through the mid-twentieth century. The texts examined here reflect the entire range of autobiographical practice, including the slave narrative and testimonial, written and oral narratives, spiritual autobiographies, fiction, serial autobiography, verse, diaries and journals, elegy, and parody.

Design and Truth in Autobiography

Author: Roy Pascal

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317379675

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 214

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Originally published in 1960. Is there an art of autobiography? What are its origins and how has it come to acquire the form we know today? For what does the autobiographer seek, and why should it be so popular? This study suggests some of the answers to these questions. It takes the view that autobiography is one of the dominant and characteristic forms of literary self-expression and deserves examination for its own sake. This book outlines a definition of the form and traces its historical origins and development, analyses its ‘truth’ and talks about what sort of self-knowledge it investigates.

Theatre and Autobiography

Author: Sherrill Grace,Jerry Wasserman

Publisher: Talonbooks Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 352

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This groundbreaking exploration of a wide range of contemporary theorists and playwrights covers an extraordinary breadth of styles and performances.