From the publisher:
The first survey of early modern life-writing as a whole including biographies, autobiographies, and diaries. Features a mix of familiar names including Samuel Pepys, John Aubrey, Thomas More, and Izaak Walton and lesser-known and intriguing figures. Shows how new forms began to challenge established classical and medieval models. Explores how the sixteenth-century English Reformation and the seventeenth-century Civil Wars changed life-writing. Based on original archival research that brings readers into contact with the raw manuscript materials of early modern life-writing.