Munro Doug, Reid John G. (eds.). Clio’s Lives: Biographies And Autobiographies Of Historians

Acton: ANU Press, 2017. — 330 p. — ISBN 9781760461430; 9781760461447 — (ANU Lives Series in Biography)

Including contributions from leading scholars in the field from both Australia and North America, this collection explores diverse approaches to writing the lives of historians and ways of assessing the importance of doing so. Beginning with the writing of autobiographies by historians, the volume then turns to biographical studies, both of historians whose writings were in some sense nation-defining and those who may be regarded as having had a major influence on defining the discipline of history. The final section explores elements of collective biography, linking these to the formation of historical networks. A concluding essay by Barbara Caine offers a critical appraisal of the study of historians’ biographies and autobiographies to date, and maps out likely new directions for future work.


Introduction. Doug Munro and John G. Reid

Autobiographies of Historians

Writing History/Writing about Yourself: What’s the Difference? Sheila Fitzpatrick
Walvin, Fitzpatrick and Rickard: Three Autobiographies of Childhood and Coming of Age. Doug Munro and Geoffrey Gray
The Female Gaze: Australian Women Historians’ Autobiographies. Ann Moyal

Nation-Defining Authors

‘A gigantic confession of life’: Autobiography, ‘National Awakening’ and the Invention of Manning Clark. Mark McKenna
Ceci n’est pas Ramsay Cook: A Biographical Reconnaissance. Donald Wright

Discipline-Defining Authors

Intersecting and Contrasting Lives: G.M. Trevelyan and Lytton Strachey. Alastair MacLachlan
An Ingrained Activist: The Early Years of Raphael Samuel. Sophie Scott-Brown
Pursuing the Antipodean: Bernard Smith, Identity and History. Sheridan Palmer

Collective Biography

Australian Historians Networking, 1914–1973. Geoffrey Bolton
Country and Kin Calling? Keith Hancock, the National Dictionary Collaboration, and the Promotion of Life Writing in Australia. Melanie Nolan
Imperial Women: Collective Biography, Gender and Yale-trained Historians. John G. Reid

Concluding Reflections. Barbara Caine


Munro Doug, Reid John G. (eds.). Clio’s Lives: Biographies And Autobiographies Of Historians

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