By Nigel Hamilton
For hundreds of thousands of years we have now recorded genuine lives--the lives of others, and of ourselves. For what function and for whom has this common and undying pursuit continued? What stumbling blocks have lain within the direction of biographers long ago, and what keeps to confound biographers this day? specially, how is it that biographies and autobiographies play one of these 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 notable and infrequently missed old evolution of biography from the traditional international to the current, this short and interesting travel of the style conveys the passionate quest to catch the lives of people and the numerous problems it has entailed in the course of the centuries. From the Epic of Gilgamesh to American beauty, from cuneiform to the net, from commemoration to deconstruction, from fiction to fact--by method of recognized biographical artists similar 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 background will swap how you take into consideration biography and actual lives. (20070318)
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This observation could have been made two millennia later of the British general Field Marshal Montgomery, who was uniquely authorized by the king to wear two distinctive badges on his black beret—headgear that not only made him more distinctive on the battleﬁeld, but conveniently covered his balding, less distinguished pate. Similarly, Caesar’s dress code was deliberately casual, like Churchill’s famous blue boiler-suit thousands of years later. ”12 Through such individualized characterization the reader could, like someone viewing a portrait, see into the life of 30 evolutionar y biog r aphy R Suetonius’ account (ca.
Armed with this traveling biographical archive, so to 46 hag iog r aphy R Saint Augustine’s autobiographical confession (ca. 397), addressed to God: Meanwhile I was sinning more and more. The woman with whom I had been living was torn from my side as an obstacle to my [arranged] marriage, and this was a blow which crushed my heart to bleeding, because I loved her dearly. She went back to Africa, vowing never to give herself to any other man, and left with me the son whom she had borne me. But I was too unhappy and too weak to imitate this example set me by a woman.
Surely the Savior knows her very well. That is why He loved her more than us. Rather, let us be ashamed and put on the perfect Man, and separate as He commanded us and preach the gospel, not laying down any other rule or other law beyond what the Savior said. And when they heard this, they began to go forth to proclaim and to preach. The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene, text from the Akhmim Codex (Papyrus Berolinensis 8502)—remnant of a Coptic codex acquired in Cairo in 1896 by a German scholar, Dr.
Biography: A Brief History by Nigel Hamilton