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Literary Lives is a biographer's analysis of literary biography. David Ellis here explains how biographers try to understand the lives of their subjects. Ellis ranges from Dr Johnson to the present, touching upon books by and about Jean-Paul Sartre, Dickens, James, Flaubert, Woolf, Plath, Greene, Orwell, Yeats, Hemingway, and even such non-literary figures as Mozart, Picasso, and Cezanne. With great clarity Ellis analyzes four models that underlie biographical interpretation: the familial, the psychological, the medical, and the sociological
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Literary Lives: Biography. His alternate damning and praising will send many readers to the library or bookstores and may even provoke a few to attempt Sartre's nearly 3,000 pages on Gustave Flaubert-"The Family Idiot-a book that Mr. Ellis makes fascinating even if he admits many deem its details unreadable.
David Ellis (biographer). For other people of that name, see David Ellis. Struck with how many biographies of Shakespeare could appear when so little is known about his private life, he discussed the issues in both That Man Shakespeare (2005) and The Truth about William Shakespeare (2015) although in between he also wrote Shakespeare’s Practical Jokes: an introduction to the comic in his work (2007).
David Ellis (author). Popular though biography is, it has as yet received very little critical attention. What nearly all biographies offer is an understanding of their subjects and an explanation of their behaviour.
David Ellis is Professor of English Literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury. Among his books is . Lawrence: Dying Game, 1922-1930, the acclaimed third volume of the writer's biography.
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