Literary biographies
Biographies, autobiographies and memoirs of literary authors who have a significant body of work. Intended to help booklovers find life writing about their favourite authors.
1 Will in the World: How Shak...
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2 Charles Dickens
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3 I Know Why the Caged Bird S...
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4 Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter
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5 Confessions
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6 A Moveable Feast
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7 A Child's Christmas in Wales
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8 Must You Go?: My Life with ...
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9 Joseph Anton: A Memoir
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10 Jane Austen: A Life
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11 Down and Out in Paris and L...
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11 Out of Africa / Shadows on ...
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13 Good-Bye to All That: An Au...
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14 Speak, Memory
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15 The Gulag Archipelago 1918-...
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16 Every Love Story Is a Ghost...
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17 Dickens
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18 The Life of Charlotte Brontë
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19 Thomas Hardy
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20 Story of My Life: The Autob...
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21 A Writer's Diary
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22 On Writing: A Memoir of the...
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22 The Private World of George...
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24 Shakespeare: The Biography
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25 Oscar Wilde: A Biography
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26 Virginia Woolf
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27 The Master
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28 Georgette Heyer: Biography ...
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29 Geoffrey Chaucer of England
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29 Homage to Catalonia / Down ...
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31 A Backward Glance
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31 C.S. Lewis: A Biography
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33 Searching for Shakespeare
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33 Marcel Proust
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35 Ben Jonson of Westminster
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36 Shakespeare
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37 Shakespeare
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37 Half Broke Horses
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39 Katherine Mansfield: The St...
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40 Rumer Godden: A Storyteller...
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40 A Year in the Life of Willi...
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40 A Sort Of Life
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43 Shakespeare: The Invention ...
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44 Shakespeare of London
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45 All Rivers Run to the Sea
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46 The Life of Thomas More
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47 Doing Life: A Biography Of ...
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48 Shakespeare: The World as S...
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49 Flaws in the Glass: A Self-...
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50 The Life of Samuel Johnson
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51 Jane Austen: A Life
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51 Two Lives: Gertrude And Alice
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53 Aké: The Years of Childhood
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54 Walden
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55 George Eliot
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56 Man's Search for Meaning
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56 Capote
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58 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz o...
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59 The Autobiography: Truth an...
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59 Charles Dickens and the Gre...
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61 The Prelude
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62 Blake
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62 West with the Night
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64 A Writer's Diary
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65 The Life and Death of Mary ...
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66 Shelley and His World
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67 Byron in Love
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67 Smile Please: An Unfinished...
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69 Thomas Mann: A Biography
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70 Tagebücher 1918 - 1955
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71 Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life...
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72 Chatterton
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73 Katherine Mansfield: A Secr...
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74 John Steinbeck, Writer
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75 Katherine Mansfield Letters...
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76 Wallace Stegner: His Life a...
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77 Travels With Myself and Ano...
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78 My Several Worlds
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78 My Father's Glory & My Moth...
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80 Storyteller: The Authorized...
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81 Portrait of a Marriage: Vit...
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82 Patrick White: A Life
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82 Christine de Pizan: Her Lif...
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82 George Sand: A Biography
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82 Ghetto Medic: A Father in t...
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82 William Carlos Williams: A ...
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82 Janet Frame : The Complete ...
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82 Audubon: The Dream That Wou...
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82 Persona: A Biography of Yuk...
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82 Liverpool Lives (Memory, Pr...
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82 Zelda
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82 A Very Private Eye: The Dia...
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82 Tolstoy: A Russian Life
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82 A Widow's Story
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82 Mark and Livy: The Love Sto...
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82 The Family Idiot 1: Gustave...
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82 My Reading Life
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82 Time Without Clocks
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99 What's to Become of the Boy...
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99 Mordecai: The Life & Times
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