Biography: A Brief History by Nigel Hamilton

By Nigel Hamilton

For hundreds of thousands of years we now have recorded genuine lives--the lives of others, and of ourselves. For what goal and for whom has this common and undying pursuit persisted? What stumbling blocks have lain within the course of biographers some time past, and what keeps to confound biographers this day? specifically, how is it that biographies and autobiographies play this kind of contested, renowned position in modern Western tradition, from biopics to blogs, from memoir to docudrama? Award-winning biographer and instructor Nigel Hamilton addresses those questions in an incisive and vibrant narrative that would attract scholars of human nature and self-representation around the arts and sciences. Tracing the amazing and sometimes missed old evolution of biography from the traditional international to the current, this short and interesting journey of the style conveys the passionate quest to trap the lives of people and the numerous problems it has entailed during the centuries. From the Epic of Gilgamesh to American elegance, from cuneiform to the web, from commemoration to deconstruction, from fiction to fact--by method of recognized biographical artists akin to Plutarch, Saint Augustine, Sir Walter Raleigh, Samuel Johnson, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Lord Byron, Sigmund Freud, Lytton Strachey, Abel Gance, Virginia Woolf, Leni Riefenstahl, Orson Welles, Julian Barnes, Ted Hughes, Frank McCourt, and lots of others--Nigel Hamilton's Biography: a quick historical past will switch how you take into consideration biography and actual lives. (20070318)

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Jesus’ nativity, miracles, trial, crucifixion, and companions were depicted, redepicted, and endlessly reinterpreted in what later became known as Christian art—but which was, to the people of Europe, the word, image, and working of God. Christianized Biography The Greco-Roman golden age of biography, then, vanished with its empires, replaced by childlike, yet powerful biographical idealizations illuminating a Dark Ages of almost universal philistinism. Without Christianity and Christian biography, would illiterate Europe have succumbed after the sixth century to its rival, Islam—a religion that eschewed individual life depiction as insulting to the majesty of Allah?

Htm. See Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels (New York: Vintage, 1979), pp. 64–65. A further gospel, or codex, namely that of Judas Iscariot, was pieced together, transcribed, and translated from fragments also found in Egypt, in 2006. R 44 hag iog r aphy Saint Augustine’s Confessions Many Greeks and Romans, from Xenophon to Julius Caesar, had penned their memoirs—but these idiographies, in a virtually illiterate Europe, were almost entirely forgotten. d. and was determined to tell God the absolute truth about himself—allowed fellow Christians to listen in.

You have heard his blasphemy. ” And they all condemned him as deserving death. ” And the guards received him with blows. The Gospel According to Mark—commonly thought to have been the first written of the authorized four Gospels—in The Oxford Annotated Bible, with Apocrypha, Revised Standard Version (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 14:53–65. R heretical. ] 6. Recorded in every art form, the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth swiftly became the most popular human story in the Middle Eastern and Western worlds.

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