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Keepers of the Flame Literary Estates and the Rise of Biography

Keepers of the Flame - Ian Hamilton - Régikönyvek
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We live in the great age of literary biography. But how much should a biographer tell? How much should an executor suppress? Does the public's right to know override an individual's right to privacy? To answer these questions, Ian Hamilton presents a probing and far-reaching account of literary estate management and mismanagement through the centuries from Donne and Shakespeare to Plath and Larkin. In a gripping series of case studies, he recounts the battles between the protective and the curious, between the keepers of the sacred flame and those who might seek to snuff it out. Hamilton offers a violent, lurid and hugely entertaining history of broken promises and mismanaged wills, of reputations whitewashed or maligned, of scholars and crooks, of muddle, trickery, scandal and vendetta. He includes the burning of Byron's memoir, the deification of Shelley and Henry James' attempt to "fix" his own posthumous reputation as well as the more recent controversies surrounding the Plath and Larkin estates. Throughout, Hamilton presents an array of well-meaning acolytes - admirers, best friends, widows - whose task it was to keep the flame sacred. Offering a compelling contribution to current debate on the moral issues of biography, Hamilton writes of the "greats" of English literature with an intimacy and a subversive wit that make this book a joy to read.

Kiadó:
Faber and Faber
Kiadás éve:
1992
Kiadás helye:
Boston
ISBN:
9780571198436
Kötés típusa:
félvászon kiadói borítóban
Terjedelem:
344
Nyelv:
angol
Méret:
Szélesség: 16.00cm, Magasság: 24.00cm
Kategória:
Foreword vii
1 John Donne the Younger 7
2 Surviving Shakespeare 16
3 Be Kind to My Remains: Marvell, Milton, Dryden30
4 Pope's Bullies 46
5 Boswell's Colossal Hoard 63
6 The Frailties of Robert Burns 85
7 Byron and the Best of Friends 109
8 At the Shelley Shrine 128
9 John Forster, of Dickens Fame 144
10 Froude's Carlyle, Carlyle's Froude 158
11 Keeping House: Tennyson and Swinbume 177
12 Legends and Mysteries: Robert Louis Stevenson and
Henry James 197
13 Remembering Rupert Brooke 222
14 Authorised Lives: Hardy and Kipling 241
15 James Joyce's Patron Saint 267
16 Provisional Posterities: Sylvia Plath and
Philip Larkin 291
Notes 311
Index 332


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