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Personalities

Richard Cronin

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Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582532
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722929 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582532.003.0003
Personalities

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The chapter focuses on ‘personality’, a key term in the period that named at once the practice of making public attacks on private character, and the power to persuade readers that they were granted access to the writer's private self. The first was widely regarded as the besetting sin of the public press of the period. The second was almost as widely agreed to be the presiding virtue of its literature. The two senses of the word were, I argue, in uncomfortably close association.

Keywords: personality; biography; Byron; Burns; Pope; Bowles; Wordsworth; egotism; Blackwood's

Chapter.  10581 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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