Lifewriting Annual

Biographical and Autobiographical Studies

Edited by
Thomas R. Smith

ISSN 1559-2898
Set ISBN-10: 0-404-63420-6
Set ISBN-13: 978-0-404-63420-9

Lifewriting Annual presents critical and scholarly essays on lifewriting in all its forms—biography, autobiography, memoir, journals, diaries, letters, and works in media other than print. It publishes articles that describe and assess scholarly resources for biographical writing, especially collections of manuscripts and letters, and includes reviews of recently published biographies, autobiographies, and other works of lifewriting.

The annual is a forum for the discussion of all aspects of lifewriting—theoretical, critical, and scholarly. Its broad scope will foster lively discussion of the ways that various forms of lifewriting inform each other. To promote that discussion, a section of Lifewriting Annual called “Crossings” is devoted to essays that blend biographical and autobiographical genres and those that combine such writing with other literary genres. Given the interest among writers and critics in exploring the ways that auto/biographical writing resists and exceeds genre boundaries, “Crossings” provides a place for trying out new ideas and perhaps for creating novel forms of lifewriting.

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Volume 2

December 2008
ISBN-10: 0-404-63422-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-404-63422-3
Cloth $115.00

Maggie Gover, “‘A Very Pretty Hand’: The Questionable Value of Using Jane Austen’s Letters as a Means of Knowing Austen”
Sarah Russo, “Back to the Archives: Toward a Rereading of Hannah Cullwick through Her Autobiography ‘Hannah’s Places’ (1872)”
Sharon Bickle, “Finding Love in the Archives: Editing the ‘Lost’ Love Letters of ‘Michael Field’”
Victoria Carchidi, “T. E. Lawrence: Writing a Life”
Robert Ward, “Remembering Memoir: California(s) in Joan Didion’s Where I Was From
Bruce Kellner, “The Gertrude Stein–Alice B. Toklas Symbiosis”

Griffith Thomas Couser, “Posted to (and from) Aleppo: My Father in Syria, 1930–33”
Anne Ryden, “Framed by Dignity”
Eugene Stelzig, “What Goes Around, or My Suitcase Fiasco in Spain”
Christina Houen, “The Crone: A Figure of Desire for Revenge and Healing in the Writing of a Life”
Howard R. Wolf, “Autobibliography, A Place in Time: On Shaping a Collection (1971–2006)”
Jeffrey Meyers, “Writing Art Biography: Impressionist Quartet

Pearl Hochstadt, “A Life in Language” (Gregory Rabassa, If This Be Treason: Translations and Its Dyscontents, A Memoir)
Michael J. Kiskis, “Subjects Fixed in Amber” (Ron Powers, Mark Twain: A Life)
Julie Rak, “Not-Quite-Forgotten Modernism: The Life Writing of Neith Boyce” (Carol DeBoer-Langworthy, ed., The Modern World of Neith Boyce: Autobiography and Diaries)
Ned Balbo, “Invisible Ties and Secret Origins: Adoption in Literature and Culture” (Marianne Novy, Reading Adoption: Family and Difference in Fiction and Drama)
Nora Foster Stovel, “Margaret Laurence’s Literary Apprenticeship” (Donez Xiques, Margaret Laurence: The Making of a Writer)
Peter Norberg, “Poe, the Working Writer” (James M. Hutchisson, Poe)
Stuart Christie, “The Asian Empson” (John Haffenden, William Empson: Among the Mandarins)
Tammy R. Pettinato, Esq., “Hart’s Reasons” (Nicola Lacey, A Life of H. L. A. Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream)


Volume 1


August 2006
ISBN-10: 0-404-63421-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-404-63421-6
Cloth $115.00

Todd W. Nothstein, “Fit to be Imitated: The Federal Franklin”
Jillian Sandell, “E Pluribus Unum: Narrative of National Belonging in the Avon Press ‘Growing Up’ Anthologies”
Kimberly J. Stern, “Reviewing Autobiography: The Self-fashioning of Margaret Oliphant in her Periodical Criticism”
Jonathan Fowler, “A Problem in Autobiography: Plath, Hughes, the Glass Crypt, and the Inifinite Moment”
Denise M. Della Rossa, “Making Women’s History Public in Nineteenth-Century Germany: The Role of Biography in the Women’s Periodical Press”
Irene Eugenie Karpiak, “Taken from-Life: The Tasks of Autobiography for the Adult Learner”
Gail Folkins, “From a Feast to the Moon: Two Journalists Define Paris”

Jacqueline Kolosov, “In Search of Pavlova”

A. V. Christie, “His Arcadia, How Hard It Came to Him” (The Letters of Robert Lowell, ed. Saskia Hamilton)
Marianne Szlyk, “Finding the Lost One(s): Romanticism, Lifewriting, and the Lives of Mary Robinson” (Paula Byrne, Perdita: The Literary, Theatrical, and Scandalous Life of Mary Robinson)
Kent P. Ljungquist, “John Brown’s Cultural Legacy” (David S. Reynolds, John Brown, Abolitionist)
Jacqueline Kolosov, “Two Renaissance Portraits” (Sarah Gristwood, Arbella: England’s Lost Queen and David Riggs, The World of Christopher Marlowe)
Karen Elias, “Climbing the Third Stair” (Karen Armstrong, The Spiral Staircase)
Nawar Al-Hassan Golley, “A Collective Identity in a Divided World” (Queen Noor, Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life)
Suzanne Bellamy, “Addressing Virginia Woolf after 9/11” (Lisa Williams, Letters to Virginia Woolf)
Christine Fisanick, “My body lies over the ocean” (David Lazar, The Body of Brooklyn)

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