Nineteenth-century Americans believed that biographies influenced individual character and national identity. This book examines how Americans wrote, published, and read biographies during the 1800s, showing how their conceptions of the genre changed over time.William Johnson diary, June 9, 1850; Benjamin L. C. Wailes diary, March 22, 1860; Blackford diary, June 1855, July 23, 1852, and July ... (Hartford: Cooke and Co., 1829), 147-48; The Young Mana#39;s Own Book: A Manual of Politeness, Intellectual Improvement, and Moral Deportment (Philadelphia: Key ... On Smiles, see Cockshut, Truth to Life, 105-24; and Nadel, Biography: Fiction, Fact, and Form, 21-30.
|Title||:||Constructing American lives|
|Author||:||Scott E. Casper|
|Publisher||:||Univ of North Carolina Pr - 1999|