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The American biographical novel /

By: Lackey, Michael.
Material type: TextTextDescription: ix, 278 pages.ISBN: 9781628926347 (hardback); 9781628926330 (paperback).Subject(s): Biographical fiction, American | Historical fiction, American | Truth in literature | History in literature | Politics in literature | Literature and history | Literature and society | LITERARY CRITICISM / American / GeneralDDC classification: 813/.08209 Summary: "Before the 1970s, there were only a few acclaimed biographical novels. But starting in the 1980s, there was a veritable explosion of this genre of fiction, leading to the publication of spectacular biographical novels about figures as varied as Abraham Lincoln, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Friedrich Nietzsche, Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Henry James, and Marilyn Monroe, just to mention a notable few. This publication frenzy culminated in 1999 when two biographical novels (Michael Cunningham's The Hours and Russell Banks' Cloudsplitter) were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and Cunningham's novel won the award. In The American Biographical Novel, Michael Lackey charts the shifts in intellectual history that made the biographical novel acceptable to the literary establishment and popular with the general reading public. More specifically, Lackey clarifies the origin and evolution of this genre of fiction, specifies the kind of 'truth' it communicates, provides a framework for identifying how this genre uniquely engages the political, and demonstrates how it gives readers new access to history"--Summary: "The American Biographical Novel examines the rise of this genre of fiction, how it engages and historicizes the political, the unique kind of 'truth' it communicates, and how it contributes to our collective understanding of culture and consciousness"--
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"Before the 1970s, there were only a few acclaimed biographical novels. But starting in the 1980s, there was a veritable explosion of this genre of fiction, leading to the publication of spectacular biographical novels about figures as varied as Abraham Lincoln, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Friedrich Nietzsche, Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Henry James, and Marilyn Monroe, just to mention a notable few. This publication frenzy culminated in 1999 when two biographical novels (Michael Cunningham's The Hours and Russell Banks' Cloudsplitter) were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and Cunningham's novel won the award. In The American Biographical Novel, Michael Lackey charts the shifts in intellectual history that made the biographical novel acceptable to the literary establishment and popular with the general reading public. More specifically, Lackey clarifies the origin and evolution of this genre of fiction, specifies the kind of 'truth' it communicates, provides a framework for identifying how this genre uniquely engages the political, and demonstrates how it gives readers new access to history"--

"The American Biographical Novel examines the rise of this genre of fiction, how it engages and historicizes the political, the unique kind of 'truth' it communicates, and how it contributes to our collective understanding of culture and consciousness"--

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