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Autobiography in Early Modern England, Hardback Book

Autobiography in Early Modern England Hardback


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:
  • Category: Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
  • ISBN: 9780521761727



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