P.N. Furbank, 5 June 1986
Show More The Inner I: British Literary Autobiography of the 20th Century by Brian Finney.
Faber, 286 pp., £14.95, September 1985, 0 571 13311 8Show More
“... Brian Finney speaks of the study of autobiography as a ‘yawning gap’ in British scholarship. It is also, to judge from myself, a yawning gap in one’s own thoughts, which this is a good moment to try to fill. Finney has his own perspective, which is much concerned, first, with the ‘truth’ factor and attendant perceptual problems; secondly with autobiography as psychotherapy; and thirdly with the (large) function assigned to the reader by an autobiography ...”