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A. J. A. Symons

A. J. A. Symons  

(1900–41),bibliographer, bibliophile, dandy, and epicure, who became an authority on the literature of the 1890s and published An Anthology of ‘Nineties’ Verse in 1928. He wrote several biographies, ...
African-American Publishing Outlets

African-American Publishing Outlets  

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When Samuel Cornish and John B. Russwurm founded the first black newspaper in 1827, a new phase in the struggle for African-American liberation began. The opening editorial of Freedom's Journal ...
Albert Bigelow Paine

Albert Bigelow Paine  

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(1861–1937),editor, dramatist, biographer, and author of several novels, is best known for his authorized three-volume biography of Mark Twain (1912) and for his editorship of Twain's letters (1917). ...
André Maurois

André Maurois  

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1885–1967)French biographer, novelist, and essayist. In 1938 he was elected to the Académie Française.Maurois was born in Elbeuf, Normandy. His father owned a textiles factory, where Maurois worked ...
Angelo Fabroni

Angelo Fabroni  

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(1732–1803).Florentine who became Dean of Pisa University, and a scholar and Publisher. From a press set up in his house he brought out a Giornale dei letterati (1771–96) and ...
Angelo Fortunato Formiggini

Angelo Fortunato Formiggini  

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(1878–1938).Publisher. From an old Jewish family in Modena, he was active at the turn of the century in Socialist and positivist circles. He remained committed to publishing as a ...
Anna Banti

Anna Banti  

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(1895–1985).Novelist born in Florence who studied history of art in Rome, where she met and married the art historian Roberto Longhi. Her last work, Un grido lacerante (1981), presents ...
Antoine-François Prévost, abbé

Antoine-François Prévost, abbé  

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(1697–1763)French novelist and translator. Successively Jesuit novice, professional soldier, Benedictine priest, Protestant convert, and literary hack, he is best remembered today for Manon Lescaut ...
Antonio Cornazano

Antonio Cornazano  

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(also Cornazzano; born c.1430 in Piacenza, Italy, died December 1484 in Ferrara), Italian dancing master, theorist, humanist, and statesman. Cornazano came from one of Piacenza's leading noble ...
Ascanio Condivi

Ascanio Condivi  

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(b Ripatransone, nr. San Benedetto, 1525; d nr. Ripatransone, 10 Dec. 1574).Italian painter, sculptor, and writer, a pupil and friend of Michelangelo. He was an insignificant artist and his only ...
autobiography

autobiography  

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In its modern form, may be taken as writing that purposefully and self‐consciously provides an account of the author's life and incorporates feeling and introspection as well as empirical detail. In ...
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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Religion
Length:
110 words

The gospels are not biographical in the modern sense; they give no information about Jesus' human personality or the events

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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
556 words

In a christianized world, the importance of each individual was bound up with the chance of his personal salvation and

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
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1,628 words

One of the classic genres in children's literature, biography has long been prized as a tool for inspiring young people.

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Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945)
Length:
2,485 words

The term biography is itself an eighteenth-century development, rooted in the modern Latin biographia. Samuel Johnson's Dictionary (1755

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The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
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2,952 words

Through literate history, people have written, or told, biographies. The lives of real people have always been more interesting than

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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
377 words

a literary genre created in antiquity that flourished during the Roman Empire. It was considered an intermediate form lying somewhere

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Classical studies, History
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1,584 words

Biography emerges from a natural interest in persons that predates any formulation of a genre. The Odyssey focused on a

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
409 words

A written account of a human life thought worthy of memory. Early examples are chiefly didactic in purpose; the influential

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The Oxford Companion to Australian History

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
Length:
1,603 words

the writing of a life, is an activity practised by historians in company with other academic, professional and amateur writers.

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