Life Class: The education of a biographer by Brenda Niall

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April 2007, no. 290

Life Class: The education of a biographer by Brenda Niall

MUP, $32.95 hb, 304 pp

Life Class: The education of a biographer by Brenda Niall

by
April 2007, no. 290

It is rare in Australia for a literary biographer, even one of distinction, to write at book length about her intellectual formation and biographical pursuits. A country so demonstrably forgetful of its best poetry and fiction is unlikely to foster a literature of this burgeoning genre, still emerging from its decorous constraints. Elsewhere, we have Richard Holmes’s seminal Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic biographer (1995) and Leon Edel’s Bloomsbury: A house of lions (1979), but Australian examples are few. So it is good to have Brenda Niall’s lucid account of her gradual transformation from academic to biographer.

Peter Rose reviews 'Life Class: The education of a biographer' by Brenda Niall

Life Class: The education of a biographer

by Brenda Niall

MUP, $32.95 hb, 304 pp

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