Book Review

Private Lives Made Public: The Invention of Biography in Early Modern England. Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne UP, 2016. x + 206pp. ISBN 13: 9780820704821. $70.00 (cloth)

Citation

Williams KJ (2017) Private Lives Made Public: The Invention of Biography in Early Modern England. Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne UP, 2016. x + 206pp. ISBN 13: 9780820704821. $70.00 (cloth). Milton Quarterly, 51 (2), pp. 138-140. https://doi.org/10.1111/milt.12206

Abstract
First paragraph: On the final page of this volume, Andrea Walkden writes what could also be both its beginning and its battle‐cry: “from the royal memoir to the merest minute, the early modern life has always invited misrecognition” (165). This is only too true. From the era of classic works such as Donald Stauffer's English Biography Before 1700 (1930) until surprisingly recently, early modern biographies have been approached with a strange lack of critical acumen, a desire to enumerate but not to analyze, and a peculiar detachment from any larger historical or generic awareness. It is greatly to Walkden's credit that she has consciously and decisively repudiated this tradition in favor of a new, more critical approach to some of the central works of the early modern biographical canon.

Keywords
Literature and Literary Theory

Notes
Output Type: Book Review

Journal
Milton Quarterly: Volume 51, Issue 2

StatusPublished
Publication date31/05/2017
Publication date online31/07/2017
Date accepted by journal24/04/2017
PublisherWiley
ISSN0026-4326
eISSN1094-348X