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Memory and Narrative: The Weave of Life-Writing
by James Olney
University of Chicago Press, 1998
Paper: 978-0-226-62817-2 | Cloth: 978-0-226-62816-5
Library of Congress Classification CT25.O43 1998

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Memory and Narrative presents an elegant, authoritative account of how life-writing has changed over time to arrive at its present form. James Olney, one of the most distinguished scholars of autobiography, tells the story of an evolving literary form that originated in the autobiographical writings of St. Augustine, underwent profound changes in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's life-writing trilogy, and found a momentary conclusion in the work of Samuel Beckett.

"This is an elegant work of scholarship." —Jason Berry, Chicago Tribune

"Examines how the fascinating, reciprocal relationship between memory and narrative has evolved over the course of 17 centuries. . . . Olney's work is a valuable companion to his subjects' primary texts." —Booklist

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