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10 of the best literary biographies

cathy earnshaw
 
Vita - The Life of Vita Sackville-West
Vita - The Life of Vita Sackville-West
"Loved this account of the adventures of the literary aristocrat and muse to Virginia Woolf"
Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf
"Long biography of the great writer that never feels heavy-going"
Keats
Keats
"Fantastic and gripping biography of the Romantic poet who died of TB aged 25"
Byron: Life and Legend
Byron: Life and Legend
"Erratic and hectic life of the poet who was "mad, bad and dangerous to know""
Vanished Act: The Life and Art of Weldon Kees
Vanished Act: The Life and Art of Weldon Kees
"Little-known US poet who is thought to have jumped off Golden Gate Bridge in 1955"
The Brontes
The Brontes
"Fat but never frivolous: the definitive guide to the Bronte family"
Jane Austen: A Life
Jane Austen: A Life
"There are many Austen biographies to choose from; this is one of the better ones"
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
"Perhaps a little hagiographic, but an otherwise good biography on the US lyrical poet (1892-1950)"
Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories
Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories
"Lively and detailed account of the prolific and sociable author of Cranford (1851-3)"
Will In The World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
Will In The World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
"The Shakespeare biography market is oversaturated - this speculative and provocative life by the Shakespeare scholar is worth a read"