The ABC of Modern Biography

During the conference Different Lives, a first copy of the following book will be presented:

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 The ABC of Modern Biography

by Nigel Hamilton and Hans Renders

In The New ABC of Biography – an ABC of the genre, with 26 entries – two biographers and teachers take us on a tour, from A for Authorization (a very misunderstood concept, in the authors’ view) to Z for Zigzag to the End. In trenchant, witty entries they explore the good, the bad and the plain ugly in modern “life writing” and the portrayal of real lives today – and how, across history and continents, we got here.
Highly original and compellingly written, The New ABC of Biography is both authoritative and provocative. It will fascinate general readers interested in how real lives are approached by biographers today in a multitude of media – and how, historically, we got here. It will make a much-needed contribution in academia, where the theory of biography is a burgeoning field of inquiry, as well as providing an important text for students of history, language and literature, the arts, American and gender studies, science and media. And, not least, for biographers trying to avoid the pitfalls of ignorance or ineptitude.

Amsterdam University Press