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The Transnational Aspect in Harold Nicolson’s The Development of English Biography

Abstract : Harold Nicolson is generally remembered as a diplomat, which explains why his literary career has been overlooked. Yet, he belonged to an influential group of modernist biographers who practised “the New Biography”, as coined by Virginia Woolf. Nicolson’s history of the genre provides insight into the way his experience of French culture permeates his perception of the evolution of English biography. Although it may not have been his primary goal, his book offers an early attempt at a cross-cultural analysis in his study of the intertwining of French and English cultural aspects in the praxis of English biography. This chapter discusses the transnational features in Nicolson’s historiography and focuses on the way Nicolson links these elements to his core concepts of “pure” and “impure” biography.
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Maryam Thirriard. The Transnational Aspect in Harold Nicolson’s The Development of English Biography. Rensen, Marleen; Wiley, Christopher. Transnational Perspectives on Artists’ Lives, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, 978-3-030-45200-1. ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-45200-1⟩. ⟨hal-03216151⟩

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