âLeon Edel has brilliantly provided for the art of biography a much-needed statement of first principles.â âLouis AuchinclossThe Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Henry James presents here a revision of his Literary Biography expanded with six further essays illuminating what he calls the New Biographyâan approach that draws on the resources of psychoanalysis, the biographerâs own subjectivity, and the skills of the novelist. Mr. Edel includes a history of the art of biography since Boswell, criticism of some of the best-known biographers, advice for the biographer on documentation and the use of psychological theory, and a discussion of what Edel calls the supreme problem in biographyâtransference, the life-writerâs emotional involvement with his or her subject.
About: This Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer's summary of his lifework includes a study of the biographical art, which deals with problems of life-myth, archives, narrative forms, questions of transference, and fears of 'psychologizing' in writing modern biographies
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