The focus remains on the work of literature, and the biographical information is pulled in only as a means of enhancing our understanding of the work.
Biographical criticism is often associated with Historical-Biographical criticism,a critical method that "sees a literary work chiefly, if not exclusively, as a reflection of its author's life and times"
The assumption of biographical criticism is that interpretation of a literary work should be based on an understanding of the context in which the work was written.


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