Elusive Subject

Elusive Subject

A Biographer's Life

Book - 1999
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When Phyllis Grosskurth was a girl, she imagined herself growing up to be a detective, a sleuth on the trail of the wicked, the dangerous, the ones who didn't want to be found out. Some time later, when she started reading books far beyond her years, her ambition changed to that of writer. Her destiny combined both; today she is the tireless discoverer of secret lives, whose international reputation for daring scholarship has made her, in the words of one critic, "Canada's premier biographer."

In Elusive Subject , the eager examiner of others' lives looks fearlessly at her own - a personal life as eventful, passionate, and revealing of her times as any of her subjects'. Her other life was that of biographer, where the detective's instincts lead her to complex figures: the Victorian essayist John Addington Symonds, sex researcher Havelock Ellis, psychoanalyst Melanie Klein, and finally the poet Byron. This rich and captivating memoir chronicles the adventures of an exceptional literary career, while candidly charting the growth of an ambitious and talented woman who has all her life tested the conventions of her times.
Publisher: Toronto : Macfarlane Walter & Ross, c1999.
ISBN: 9781551990361
Branch Call Number: GROSSKUR GRO
Characteristics: 259 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.


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