In Collaboration with British Literary Biography

Haunting Conversations

  • Jane McVeigh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jane McVeigh
    Pages 13-48
  3. Jane McVeigh
    Pages 49-71
  4. Jane McVeigh
    Pages 73-86
  5. Jane McVeigh
    Pages 119-146
  6. Jane McVeigh
    Pages 147-181
  7. Jane McVeigh
    Pages 183-211
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 213-217

About this book


This book is about one person’s reading and what has been learnt about how the lives of other people, particularly authors, have been written in British literary biographies over the last fifty years. It is less interested in what happened in the lives of the people described in these biographies, and more concerned with how these stories have been told. It aims to have a conversation with British biographers, particularly Michael Holroyd, Richard Holmes, Hermione Lee and Claire Tomalin, to make their voices heard, to set them talking. It understands biography as an ongoing collaboration, not only between biographers and their subjects, but between biographers and their readers. This is also a study of haunting, in which we haunt the lives of others to help us come to a better understanding of our own.


Life Writing Biography Holmes Holroyd Lee

Authors and affiliations

  • Jane McVeigh
    • 1
  1. 1.Roehampton UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom

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