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How did individuals write about their lives before a modern tradition of diaries and autobiographies was established? Adam Smyth examines the kinds of texts that sixteenth or seventeenth-century individuals produced to register their life, in the absence of these later, dominant templates. The book explores how readers responded to, and improvised with, four forms – the almanac, the financial account, the commonplace book and the parish register – to create written records of their lives. Early modern autobiography took place across these varied forms, often through a lengthy process of transmission and revision of written documents. This book brings a dynamic, surprising culture of life-writing to light for the first time, and will be of interest to anyone studying autobiography or early modern literature.Read more
- Considers previously overlooked forms of life-writing, analysing less conventional forms of biography
- Each chapter looks in detail at one particular kind of writing, building up a picture of the culture of autobiography
- Contains a detailed analysis of the transmission and revision of these documents, and how these changes produced accounts of individuals' lives
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- Date Published: September 2010
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521761727
- length: 234 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.52kg
- contains: 7 b/w illus.
- availability: Available, despatch within 1-2 weeks
Table of Contents
Note on references
1. Almanacs and annotators
2. Financial accounting
3. Commonplace book lives: 'a very applicative story'
4. Entries and exits: finding life in parish registers
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