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Autobiography in Early Modern England

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  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521761727

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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.

    • 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
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Note on references
    Introduction
    1. Almanacs and annotators
    2. Financial accounting
    3. Commonplace book lives: 'a very applicative story'
    4. Entries and exits: finding life in parish registers
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Adam Smyth, Birkbeck College, University of London
    Adam Smyth is a lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of 'Profit and Delight': Printed Miscellanies in England, 1649–1682 (2004) and he also edited 'A Pleasing Sinne': Drink and Conviviality in Seventeenth-Century England (2004).

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