How did individuals write about their lives before a modern tradition of diaries and autobiographies was established?
Adam Smyth examines the kinds of texts that sixteenth- or seventeenth-century individuals produced to register their life, in the absence of these later, dominant templates.
The book explores how readers responded to, and improvised with, four forms - the almanac, the financial account, the commonplace book and the parish register - to create written records of their lives.
Early modern autobiography took place across these varied forms, often through a lengthy process of transmission and revision of written documents.
This book brings a dynamic, surprising culture of life-writing to light, and will be of interest to anyone studying autobiography or early modern literature.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 234 pages, 7 Halftones, black and white
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 05/08/2010
- Category: Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
- ISBN: 9780521761727