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This paper focuses on the expatriate American poet Natalie Clifford Barney and her life as salon hostess in Paris which spanned the sixty-year period from 1908 to 1968. It explores how Barney embodied transnationalism, adopting the French language in her writing and creating an international...
In 1910, the young Austrian writer Stefan Zweig dedicated a biographical study to the internationally acclaimed Belgian poet Émile Verhaeren. As part of Zweig's international publishing strategy, the study was translated into French and published in Paris a few months before it came out in its...
This article studies transnational biography avant la lettre by looking closely at Klaus Mann's 1943 portrait of the French writer André Gide. Writing against the backdrop of the battle against Nazism and war, Mann presents Gide as an exemplary European, who combined a strong national identity...
Carl Van Vechten's novel Peter Whiffle. His Life and Works (1922) is a work of ‘autobiografiction’, merging biography and autobiography, and drawing attention to the fictional elements of life writing. It problematizes authorship and posits selfhood as a dialogic, polyphonic construct, dependent...
Isabel Burton, née Arundell, was a model cosmopolitan wife to her famous explorer husband Richard Francis Burton for thirty years. Yet, two pieces of twenty-first-century neo-Victorian Burton-biofiction – The Collector of Worlds by Iliya Troyanov and The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by...
Not I But the Wind… and Leftover Life to Kill, the somewhat obscure mid-twentieth-century memoirs by Frieda Lawrence and Caitlin Thomas, were written, at least in part, in the countries that the authors eventually made their permanent home: New Mexico and Italy, respectively. While neither was...
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