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Friday, September 3, 2021

What is Biography? – Literary Terms

What is Biography?, Biography Literary Terms

What is Biography? – Literary Terms

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A written account of a person's life that focuses on the character and career of the subject. Ideally, a biography is an accurate life history of a particular person, placed in the times in which he or she lived, but centered on a well-rounded and factual portrait of personality, character, and habits of mind. Elizabeth Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Brontë is an example of such a biography. Perhaps the most famous biography in English is James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Even today, to be an admiring biographer is to be a "Boswell."

Some biographies are attempts to debunk the false reputations that have built up around their subjects. The first and most famous of such critical biographies is Lytton Strachey's collection of four biographical sketches, Eminent Victorians.

An AUTOBIOGRAPHY is a life written by the subject; a biography is a life written by someone other than the subject.

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