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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
Length:
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

Reference type:
Subject Reference
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

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
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

Reference type:
Subject Reference
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

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Classical studies, History
Length:
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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Subject Reference
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

Reference type:
Subject Reference
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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The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
596 words

Whilst biographical writing has a long history in Italy, it has never been as popular as in English-speaking countries amongst ...

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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
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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World Encyclopedia

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Length:
68 words

Literary form that describes the events of a person's life. The first known biographies were Lives by Plutarch in the ...

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009

‘We talked of biography’, James *Boswell noted of a meeting between Samuel *Johnson, Thomas *Warton, and himself in ...

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The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
366 words

Biographies are probably as numerous in France as elsewhere, but the genre has never acquired the prestige there that it ...

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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

Reference type:
Subject Reference
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 Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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Current Version:
2005

modern biography begins with James Boswell's comprehensive attention to his subject's character and habits in The Life of Samuel Johnson...

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