Biography: A Brief History by Nigel Hamilton

By Nigel Hamilton

For hundreds of thousands of years now we have recorded genuine lives--the lives of others, and of ourselves. For what goal and for whom has this common and undying pursuit continued? What hindrances have lain within the course of biographers some time past, and what maintains to confound biographers this present day? peculiarly, how is it that biographies and autobiographies play this kind of contested, well known function in modern Western tradition, from biopics to blogs, from memoir to docudrama? Award-winning biographer and instructor Nigel Hamilton addresses those questions in an incisive and brilliant narrative that may entice scholars of human nature and self-representation around the arts and sciences. Tracing the notable and sometimes overlooked historic evolution of biography from the traditional international to the current, this short and interesting travel of the style conveys the passionate quest to seize the lives of people and the numerous problems it has entailed in the course of the centuries. From the Epic of Gilgamesh to American elegance, from cuneiform to the net, from commemoration to deconstruction, from fiction to fact--by manner of well-known biographical artists similar to Plutarch, Saint Augustine, Sir Walter Raleigh, Samuel Johnson, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Lord Byron, Sigmund Freud, Lytton Strachey, Abel Gance, Virginia Woolf, Leni Riefenstahl, Orson Welles, Julian Barnes, Ted Hughes, Frank McCourt, and plenty of others--Nigel Hamilton's Biography: a quick background will swap how you take into consideration biography and genuine lives. (20070318)

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36 hag iog r aphy ries (recorded on papyrus rolls or vellum) of the tribes of Israel—mixing more than a thousand years of speculative and documented genealogy, encomia, rhetoric, poetry, prophecy, and love of narrative, in memorable depictions (from a variety of sources) of individual men and women, heroes and villains: Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Aaron and Abigail, Absalom and Ahab, Amos and Abraham, Bathsheba and Bilhah, Daniel and David, Dinah and Delilah, Elijah and Esau, Isaiah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Jeremiah, Jonah, Jezebel, Jeroboam, Moses, Noah, Saul, Sampson and Solomon, Rachel and Sarah, Ruth, Sheba and Tamar, Tobit and Uriah.

Chapter 2 Hagiography ommemoration versus critical depiction: this was a biographical rift that would never go away. Indeed, we all know, in the recent past, the story of Clementine Churchill’s decision to destroy the brilliantly modern but unflattering portrait of her husband, Sir Winston Churchill, which loyal members of Parliament had commissioned from Graham Sutherland following World War II. Such an outraged response to biographical portraiture by an aggrieved family member who is hurt in her idealized identity (living as an adjunct to greatness) has been common for thousands of years.

Hag iog r aphy 43 Levi answered and said to Peter: Peter you have always been hot-tempered. Now I see you contending against the woman like the adversaries. But if the Savior made her worthy, who are you indeed to reject her? Surely the Savior knows her very well. That is why He loved her more than us. Rather, let us be ashamed and put on the perfect Man, and separate as He commanded us and preach the gospel, not laying down any other rule or other law beyond what the Savior said. And when they heard this, they began to go forth to proclaim and to preach.

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