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Memoirs of My Dead Life
George Moore
$15.00

George Augustus Moore, (1852-1933), was an Irish novelist, playwright, poet, memoirist, dramatist and critic. He was a co-founder of the Literary Theater at Dublin, from which the Abbey Theater developed. His first book, a collection of poems called ‘The Flowers of Passion’, had appeared in 1878 and a second collection, ‘Pagan Poems’, followed in 1881. His first novel, ‘A Modern Lover’ (1883), was banned in England because of its explicit content. Moore contributed significantly to the development of autobiography. He published four fictionalised autobiographies, in which he blended “the essay, anecdote, poetry, straightforward factual narration, invented dialogue, and reverie to create a distinctive and original form of autobiography.” (Eakin and Gerber 48) In 1886, he published ‘Confessions of a Young Man’, which was a successful experiment in self-conscious writing begun by Laurence Sterne in ‘Tristram Shandy’ and developed in the 20th century by James Joyce and Vladimir Nabokov. Moore projects an image of himself that consists of self-parody and overt and sincere self-analysis. The book is also a parody of Victorian autobiography (Grubgeld xi) and presents the author as an avid reader who hides poems by Byron and Shelley from his stern Catholic teachers and tries to redefine the values of life and art for himself. His next autobiography, ‘Memoirs of My Dead Life’ (1906), is a collection of amusing reminiscences.

Publisher:
D. Appleton and Company
Publish Date:
1920
Pages:
356
Format:
hardcover
ISBN:
Price:
$15.00

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