The Dangerous Art of Biography
Acknowledgments I would like to thank the Australian National University for providing me with an ANU Publication Subsidy and an ANU PhD Scholarship. I would also like to thank the ANU English Program generally, for providing an excellent research environment. Intellectual stimulation, whether in the form of debate or of coffee, always flowed abundantly. The academics who oversaw this work from its inception were Simon Haines and Axel Clark. I shall speak about Axel separately, at the end of these acknowledgements. Simon’s wide-ranging philosophical interests proved invaluable, helping to strengthen the work and make it more precise. I would also like to express my gratitude to Winifred Lamb for her encouragement and intellectual engagement, and to Ra Campbell for all her support. Finally, I want to thank Mary Besemeres, whose friendship con- tinues to be a source of strength, inspiration and delight, for the immense amount of time she has devoted to reading and commenting on this work. Many others were generous in reading and commenting on earlier chapters or drafts of this work. I would like to thank Graham Cullum, Paul John Eakin, Jim Franklin, Richard Freadman, Kevin Hart, Richard Lansdown, David Parker, Doug Porpora and Anna Wierzbicka for both their criticisms and their support. Their generosity is another reminder that academic life is still flourishing, despite cuts to university funding both in Australia and elsewhere. It has been a pleasure to work with the staff at Peter Lang. I would particularly like to thank Peter Collier, David Edmonds,...
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