In this lively, short, and eminently readable new biography, Harlow Giles Unger delivers a vivid portrait of this colorful and self-dramatizing
statesman, and provides a rousing account of his remarkable life's journey through the political minefields of the antebellum United States.
Intense and self-dramatizing
, these pieces seem to incubate a grand gesture even as they evince a keen command of nuanced observation.
To be a rebel is to court extinction," said the booze-addled and self-dramatizing
silent-screen siren Louise Brooks.
By instinct, he shies way from self-dramatizing
vocal pyrotechnics, letting the melodies and lyrics carry the day.
It's a big, boisterous performance that verges on caricature at times, but ultimately captures the spirit of a man given to self-dramatizing
airs and guided by a sense of his place in history.
Few books work so hard to give the illusion of intimate contact with their creator, and few are as unapologetically self-dramatizing
constitutionally untruthful: constantly self-dramatizing
, embroidering, storytelling") and the agonistic influence she had on novelists such as Henry James (whose Tragic Muse she inspired), Twain, Freud, and D.
In the first, the Slavic edge and vibrancy of her tone happily substitute soulfull spunk for the more common saccharine; in the Second, her cannilv gauged reading artfully reveals the artless woman beneath the self-dramatizing
unearths seem little more than controversies over theories defended by Rousseau and certain quirks of Rousseau's self-dramatizing
At the same time, she had to be appealing and optimistic enough to win the heart of a volatile, self-dramatizing
Central, too, is the idea of travel as a kind of performance: a self-dramatizing
or self-fashioning that relates to a script that may be quite precise and material (as exemplified in plans for travel or adventure) or loose and improvisatory (as in variants based on classic travel texts).
A psychological study of Rowse was there already, as he was always analyzing himself, his self-dramatizing
love-hate relationships, with Cornwall; with Oxford, or parts of it; and with England.