This wretched situation was again aggravated by the galling of the chains, now become insupportable, and the filth of the necessary tubs, into which the children often fell, and were almost suffocated. The shrieks of the women, and the groans of the dying, rendered the whole scene of horror almost inconceivable."
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Following the trend of Romanticism , which greatly emphasized the role and the nature of the individual, and in the footsteps of Jean-Jacques Rousseau 's Confessions , a more intimate form of autobiography, exploring the subject's emotions, came into fashion. Stendhal 's autobiographical writings of the 1830s, The Life of Henry Brulard and Memoirs of an Egotist , are both avowedly influenced by Rousseau.  An English example is William Hazlitt 's Liber Amoris (1823), a painful examination of the writer's love-life.
autobiography 1797, from auto- + biography (.). Related: Autobiographical (1831).
I. NARRATIVE SOURCE: AUTOBIOGRAPHY /IMAGINATION/THE "REAL" From Montaigne and the Areopagitica through Saussure and Levi-Strauss and along the ...