Telling Lies in Modern American Autobiography

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All autobiographers are unreliable narrators. Yet what a writer chooses to misrepresent is as telling -- perhaps even more so -- as what really happened. Timothy Adams believes that autobiography is an attempt to reconcile one's life with one's self, and he argues in this book that autobiography should not be taken as historically accurate but as metaphorically authentic.

Adams focuses on five modern American writers whose autobiographies are particularly complex because of apparent lies that permeate them. In examining their stories, Adams shows that lying in autobiography, especially literary autobiography, is not simply inevitable. Rather it is often a deliberate, highly strategic decision on the author's part.

Throughout his analysis, Adams's standard is not literal accuracy but personal authenticity. He attempts to resolve some of the paradoxes of recent autobiographical theory by looking at the classic question of design and truth in autobiography from the underside -- with a focus on lying rather than truth.

Originally published in 1990.

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"The thesis of Adams's book, how the non-factual element of autobiography figures in the making of meaning, is both original and welcome. Adams takes us beyond the commonplace that autobiographies are in some sense fictions to explore the role of the outright fictitious in modern American autobiography. This book will reward both the specialist in autobiography and anyone interested in how personal mythmaking informs the first-person narratives of some of America's most important twentieth-century writers."--William L. Andrews, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

About the Author :

Timothy Dow Adams is associate professor of English at West Virginia University.

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