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Title The biographer's tale [electronic resource] / A.S. Byatt.
Author Byatt, A. S. (Antonia Susan), 1936-
Publication New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2001.
Description 305 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Call # eBOOK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary A postgraduate at a nameless English university, narrator Phineas G. Nanson decides to abandon his studies as a poststructuralist literary critic to become a biographer instead. He chooses as his subject one Scholes Destry-Scholes, who himself was a biographer of genius. Destry-Scholes's magnum opus was a biography of the Victorian polymath Sir Elmer Bole, a famous explorer, soldier, diplomat, scientist, travel writer, novelist and poetAin short, almost a caricature of a certain British type. As Nanson searches for clues to Destry-Scholes's life, the novel acquires layers of complexity. Nanson finds fragments written by Destry-Scholes about three men: Carl Linnaeus, Francis Galton and Henrik Ibsen. Like Nanson, the reader realizes the identity of these figures only gradually, for the fragments are oblique and mystifying. To his dismay, Nanson discovers that the revered Destry-Scholes has taken great liberties with the facts, inventing false incidents and inserting imaginary details. This calls into question the whole issue of biographical accuracy. The plot broadens when Nanson falls in love with two women simultaneously: one is a Swedish bee taxonomist; the other is Destry-Scholes's niece, a hospital radiographer. This is only one of the many mirror images here, for Bole had also married two women.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. New York : Knopf Publishing Group, 2001. Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1070 KB).
Subject Young men -- Fiction.
Critics -- Fiction.
Biographers -- Fiction.
Biography -- Authorship -- Fiction.
Linné, Carl von, 1707-1778 -- Fiction.
Galton, Francis, 1822-1911 -- Fiction.
Ibsen, Henrik, 1828-1906 -- Fiction.
Biography as a literary form -- Fiction.
Genre Bildungsromans.
Humorous fiction.
Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc.
Related To Original 9780375411144 (DLC) 00062012 (OCoLC)44769112
ISBN 9780375413421 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
0375413421 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)

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