Vignettes: Leavis, Biography and the Body

  • Ian MacKillop


‘More matter and less art.’ In this paper I shall make a seemingly contradictory suggestion for the biographer: to use more matter and more art — or rather different art, art different from that to which we are accustomed in late twentieth-century literary biography, a phrase happily avoided in the name of our conference. I want to suggest that there is a rather crude sort of art, the vignette, not so popular with literary biographers, which can vitalise biography. But before turning to art, a word about matter.


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