From Puzzles to Portraits

How does he combine the many pieces of his jigsaw puzzle into one finished portrait? What specifically are the choices he will have to make as to form and content? Are there any accepted rules which will tell him what to do?

Author: James L. Clifford

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9781469650388

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 168

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The first part of this fascinating account of a biographer's problems tells of the adventures of one biographer in tracking down clues in several parts of the world--accidental discovery, long pursuit of a watward detail, and suggestions of new ways of turning up evidence. The second part deals more generally with problems faced by all biographers, the most difficult being the decision concerning how much of the available material to use. Originally published in 1970. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

The Lines of Life

... they published a short assessment of Edel's Literary Biography and of Clifford's From Puzzles to Portraits , 13 but they seem to have abandoned their plan . The first bibliographer of biography listed some sixty books and articles ...

Author: David Novarr

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 1557531285

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 202

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The study of biography has leaped from surveys of biographical writing and statements of biographical practice to semiotic and post-structuralist discussions of the modality of biography without adequate consideration of what has already been done in the theory of the genre. Professor Novarr has closed that gap with this comprehensive and judicious historical survey and assessment of all the major (and many of the minor) statements made about biography in the crucial period 1880-1970. It traces, in the work of writers like David Cecil, Leon Edel, Mark Schorer, Paul Murray Kendall, and others, the nature of the relation between biographer and subject, the concept that biography is essentially the interpretation of one mind by another, and the idea that the biographer's angle of vision is both inevitable and important.

The Interpretation of Samuel Johnson

Clifford, From Puzzles to Portraits, pp. 83–9. Kendall, The Art of Biography, pp. 126–46, identifies eight types, spread along a spectrum similar to Clifford's. Examples include Martin M. Crow and Claire C. Olsen, Chaucer LifeRecords ...

Author: J. Clark

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137264725

Category: History

Page: 230

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A major academic controversy has raged in recent years over the analysis of the political and religious commitments of Samuel Johnson, the most commanding of the 'commanding heights' of eighteenth-century English letters. This book, one of a trilogy from Palgrave, brings that debate to a decisive conclusion, retrieving the 'historic Johnson.'

From Puzzles to Portraits

These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

Author: James Lowry Clifford

Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press

ISBN: UOM:39015002132606

Category: Biography (as a literary form)

Page: 176

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The first part of this fascinating account of a biographer's problems tells of the adventures of one biographer in tracking down clues in several parts of the world--accidental discovery, long pursuit of a watward detail, and suggestions of new ways of turning up evidence. The second part deals more generally with problems faced by all biographers, the most difficult being the decision concerning how much of the available material to use. Originally published in 1970. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles

Picture puzzles demand a method, some patience, and a kind of tireless half-attention, somewhere between concentration ... from Michelangelo, Dürer, and Bosch to Goya and Courbet, from Islamic miniatures to Chinese landscape paintings.

Author: James Elkins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135963576

Category: Art

Page: 281

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With bracing clarity, James Elkins explores why images are taken to be more intricate and hard to describe in the twentieth century than they had been in any previous century. Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles? uses three models to understand the kinds of complex meaning that pictures are thought to possess: the affinity between the meanings of paintings and jigsaw-puzzles; the contemporary interest in ambiguity and 'levels of meaning'; and the penchant many have to interpret pictures by finding images hidden within them. Elkins explores a wide variety of examples, from the figures hidden in Renaissance paintings to Salvador Dali's paranoiac meditations on Millet's Angelus, from Persian miniature paintings to jigsaw-puzzles. He also examines some of the most vexed works in history, including Watteau's "meaningless" paintings, Michelangelo's Sistine Ceiling, and Leonardo's Last Supper.

Literary Biography

Cited in Clifford, From Puzzles to Portraits: Problems of a Literary Biographer, 1962: 153) At its most abstract, portraiture is a question of the relationship between the self as art and the self in art. (Marcia Pointon, Hanging the ...

Author: Michael J. Benton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119060116

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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Literary Biography: An Introduction illustrates and accounts for the literary genre that merges historical facts with the conventions of narrative while revealing how the biographical context can enrich the study of canonical authors. Provides up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of issues and controversies in life writing, a rapidly growing field of study Offers a valuable biographical and historical context for the study of major classic and contemporary authors Features an interview with Wilfred Owen's biographer, Dominic Hibberd; a gallery of literary portraits with commentaries; close readings that illustrate the differences between fiction and biography; speculation about likely future developments; and detailed suggestions for further reading

Steam Trains and Jigsaw Puzzles

Heiron's paintings are noted for their historical authenticity showing the qualities that appeal to publishers, art collectors and jigsaw puzzle manufacturers. He knew exactly what was necessary for a successful painting.

Author: David Platt

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 9781481786447

Category: Art

Page: 69

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Steam Trains and Jigsaw Puzzles strikes most people as an intriguing title. The origin is simple,however my trainspotting youth has been synchronized with a later interest in jigsaw puzzles. The result is expensive I have a collection of over 250 jigsaws depicting British steam railways. The conclusion is impossible there are over 500 steam railway jigsaw puzzles to collect and they are being supplemented annually. The Liverpool & Manchester Railway marked the arrival of the true passenger railway service in 1830 and presented jigsaw manufacturers with another subject on which to focus. Prior to this date the jigsaw experience, started by John Spilsbury in c1760, was restricted to subjects such as religion, geography, history, monarchs, the alphabet and art. Many characteristics combine to form the basis of nostalgic images buried indelibly in the minds of people who travelled in the steam railway age. Manufacturers have not been slow to tap into this nostalgia and produce jigsaws aimed at stirring those memories and inviting people to reflect on past experiences, good, bad or indifferent. Chad Valley, Victory, Good Companion,Falcon, Waddingtons and Arrow are just a few manufacturers who produced steam railway jigsaws in the past. Most of these companies are now a distant memory while others are in foreign ownership. Equally famous names such as Wentworth, Ravensburger (Germany), House of Puzzles, Gibsons, JR Puzzles and King Puzzles (Holland) continue the manufacturing tradition. Output is generally superb thanks to the efforts of fine railway artists such as Terence Cuneo, George Heiron, T. E. North, Don Breckon, John Austin, Barry Freeman and Malcolm Root. The book is aimed at anyone with an interest in jigsaw puzzles and at those enthusiasts and aficionados who refuse to allow those evocative memories of the Golden Age of Steam to die.

Phenomenology of the Cultural Disciplines

James L. Clifford, in his admirable From Puzzles to Portraits, suggests “a series of five categories for biography”—“objective,” “scholarly-historical,” “artistic-scholarly,” “narrative,” and finally “subjective”—although he makes clear ...

Author: Mano Daniel

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780585285566

Category: Philosophy

Page: 346

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Phenomenology of the Cultural Disciplines is an interdisciplinary study, reflecting the recent emergence of various particular forms of `phenomenological philosophy of ...'. Included are such fields as psychology, social sciences and history, as well as environmental philosophy, ethnic studies, religion and even more practical disciplines, such as medicine, psychiatry, politics, and technology. The Introduction provides a way of understanding how these various developments are integrated. On the basis of a Husserlian notion of culture, it proposes a generic concept of `cultural disciplines' (which is broader than but inclusive of `human sciences') which subsumes the more specific concepts of `cultural sciences', `axiotic disciplines' (e.g. architecture), and `practical disciplines'.

Beastly Natures

... New York Herald Tribune Books, 19 April 1942. 15.John H. Crider, “Fala, Never in the Doghouse,” New York Times, 15 October 1944.16.James L. Clifford, From Puzzles to Portraits: Problems ofa Literary Biographer (Chapel Hill, ...

Author: Dorothee Brantz

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813929958

Category: Science

Page: 304

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Although the animal may be, as Nietzsche argued, ahistorical, living completely in the present, it nonetheless plays a crucial role in human history. The fascination with animals that leads not only to a desire to observe and even live alongside them, but to capture or kill them, is found in all civilizations. The essays collected in Beastly Natures show how animals have been brought into human culture, literally helping to build our societies (as domesticated animals have done) or contributing, often in problematic ways, to our concept of the wild. The book begins with a group of essays that approach the historical relevance of human-animal relations seen from the perspectives of various disciplines and suggest ways in which animals might be brought into formal studies of history. Differences in species and location can greatly affect the shape of human-animal interaction, and so the essays that follow address a wide spectrum of topics, including the demanding fate of the working horse, the complex image of the American alligator (at turns a dangerous predator and a tourist attraction), the zoo gardens of Victorian England, the iconography of the rhinoceros and the preference it reveals in society for myth over science, relations between humans and wolves in Europe, and what we can learn from society’s enthusiasm for "political" animals, such as the pets of the American presidents and the Soviet Union’s "space dogs." Taken together, these essays suggest new ways of looking not only at animals but at human history. Contributors Mark V. Barrow Jr., Virginia Tech * Peter Edwards, Roehampton University * Kelly Enright, Rutgers University * Oliver Hochadel, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona * Uwe Lübken, Rachel Carson Center, Munich * Garry Marvin, Roehampton University * Clay McShane, Northeastern University * Amy Nelson, Virginia Tech * Susan Pearson, Northwestern University * Helena Pycior, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee * Harriet Ritvo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology * Nigel Rothfels, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee * Joel A. Tarr, Carnegie Mellon University * Mary Weismantel, Northwestern University

Writing Lives in the Eighteenth Century

What is vital is that it be judged fairly, and that there be a balancing of pressures and contingencies” (From Puzzles to Portraits, 125). Clifford, a leading contemporary figure in Lonsdale's subfield, had been addressing this question ...

Author: Tanya M. Caldwell

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9781684482269

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 251

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Writing Lives in the Eighteenth Century is a collection of essays on memoir, biography, and autobiography during a formative period for the genre. Employing the methodology William Godwin outlined for novelists of taking material "from all sources, experience, report, and the records of human affairs," each contributor examines within the contexts of their time and historical traditions the anxieties and imperatives of the auto/biographer as she or he shapes material into a legacy.