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Testamentary acts : Browning, Tennyson, James, Hardy, Michael Millgate

Label
Testamentary acts : Browning, Tennyson, James, Hardy
Title
Testamentary acts
Title remainder
Browning, Tennyson, James, Hardy
Statement of responsibility
Michael Millgate
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The testamentary acts of Michael Millgate's title are those strategies of self-protection and self-projection by which authors attempt in old age to enhance posterity's view of themselves and their work. The four figures examined in detail here--Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson, Henry James, and Thomas Hardy--sought to maintain posthumous control over their personal privacy and the integrity of their finally approved texts by, for example, destroying documents, writing autobiographies, revising their earlier works and supplying them with retrospective prefaces, and publishing so-called 'collected' editions that in fact omitted items they no longer wished to preserve. Such strategies, though widely practised by writers, may yield altogether unanticipated results, and this study also examines the difficult role of such literary executors as Pen Browning, Hallam Tennyson, and Florence Hardy, called upon to exercise a delegated, hence compromised, authority. A concluding chapter gives briefer consideration to the wills and wishes of many other literary figures, from Samuel Johnson to Walt Whitman to Philip Larkin, and argues that biographers, editors, and readers in general need to be more attentive to these authorial end-games--to the often disregarded final years of writers and to the aims and consequences of their explicit and implicit testamentary acts
Action
digitized
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Millgate, Michael
Dewey number
820.9/008
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson
  • Browning, Robert
  • Hardy, Thomas
  • James, Henry
  • English literature
  • Authors, English
  • Transmission of texts
  • Wills
  • Canon (Literature)
  • Autobiography
Label
Testamentary acts : Browning, Tennyson, James, Hardy, Michael Millgate
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction -- Robert and Pen Browning -- Alfred and Hallam Tennyson -- Henry James -- Thomas Hardy -- Florence Hardy -- Testamentary acts
Control code
ocn762284660
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 273 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780191674099
Note
Oxford University Press
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)762284660
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Testamentary acts : Browning, Tennyson, James, Hardy, Michael Millgate
Publication
Note
Includes index
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction -- Robert and Pen Browning -- Alfred and Hallam Tennyson -- Henry James -- Thomas Hardy -- Florence Hardy -- Testamentary acts
Control code
ocn762284660
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 273 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780191674099
Note
Oxford University Press
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)762284660
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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