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Surreal Lives: The Surrealists 1917-1945
3.99
really liked it
None
Apr 08, 2017
Feb 28, 2017
 
Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor
3.95
None
Feb 11, 2011
Jan 19, 2011
 
Pre-Raphaelites in Love
4.25
it was amazing
None
Oct 25, 2017
Oct 03, 2017
 
The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery
4.02
it was amazing
Oh this was great: biography of John Hunter, who pioneered the science of anatomy.
Mar 2007
Jun 12, 2008
 
Precious Lives
4.15
really liked it
An account of the deaths of her 96 year old father and of her 50-something sister in law. She's an interesting, observant writer and muses on how prec ...more
Oct 24, 2008
Oct 24, 2008
 
Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth
4.01
it was ok
Well the fact that it took me months to finish this should tell you how much I liked it. The parts about Bertrand Russell's childhood and life were in ...more
Feb 23, 2014
Oct 01, 2013
 
Blake
4.13
it was amazing
I like Blake's art a lot, and don't know much about his writings except that they were "visionary" (translation: nutty). This is a dense, serious, but ...more
Jan 23, 2010
Dec 21, 2009
 
The Sitwells: A Family's Biography
4.00
liked it
I wanted to read this because the Sitwell siblings appear in every modern biography I've ever read, but I didn't know much about them. They were poets ...more
Jun 19, 2004
Jan 01, 2009
 
Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?: The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music
4.27
it was amazing
Fascinating biography of the Carter Family. Besides the family history (which is interesting in its own right, with the unrequited love and people dyi ...more
Aug 28, 2009
Aug 24, 2009
 
Rumer Godden: A Storyteller's Life
3.80
really liked it
Biography of the Anglo-Indian writer who I first discovered when I read In This House of Brede in high school. I've enjoyed her other novels, some abo ...more
Mar 28, 2010
Mar 18, 2010
 
Peninsula of Lies: A True Story of Mysterious Birth and Taboo Love
3.25
really liked it
Gordon Hall came to the US from England, became a biographer, then inherited a fortune from an old lady he’d befriended that allowed him to make a new ...more
Mar 2007
Jun 12, 2008
 
My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson
3.98
really liked it
I am not a poetry person, though I like some of Dickenson's poems. Her self aggrandizing suffering fits with mental stance for most of my life of bear ...more
Nov 18, 2009
Oct 30, 2009
 
The Very Best of the Daily Telegraph Books of Obituaries
3.67
it was amazing
A very entertaining book of obituaries of various Brits. Hugh Massingberd took over the Telegraph's obits in 1986 and wrote witty and often hilarious ...more
Aug 31, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
 
February House
3.87
Really interesting, with little mini bios of all the people, and great images like Carson and Gypsy running through the streets of Brooklyn chasing a ...more
Nov 03, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
 
Mad Mary Lamb: Lunacy and Murder in Literary London
3.39
it was ok
A biography of a footnote character. Mary Lamb is remembered now for writing, with her brother, Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare. But years before that, ...more
Dec 11, 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
e. e. cummings: A Life
3.73
it was amazing
I don't know much about Cummings' life, only a little about his poetry - I don't really get poetry - but I like biographies. I liked this one a lot. I ...more
Nov 03, 2017
Nov 04, 2017
 
Lewis Carroll: A Biography
3.83
it was amazing
An excellent, fascinating biography of Lewis Caroll, aka Charles Dodgeson. He was the eldest son of a large family, spent a lot of time entertaining h ...more
Dec 07, 2009
Nov 18, 2009
 
Grace Had an English Heart
3.57
it was amazing
The Mitford girls grew up with the “Grace Darling Song”, about the heroic Deed in which Grace and her father rescued nine survivors of a steamship wre ...more
Oct 08, 2007
Jan 09, 2011
 
Creating Colette
3.67
liked it
(This is a two volume biography but I'm going to review them together.)

Colette was one of my heroines when I was in my 20s. I read The Vagabond, her
...more
Aug 30, 2010
Aug 02, 2010
 
Jed Harris, the Curse of Genius
3.80
liked it
Skimmed, because I was mostly interested in his relationship with Ruth Gordon and their son, Jones Gordon, though it had some entertaining stuff.

If th
...more
Mar 14, 2015
Mar 12, 2015
 
Tove Jansson: Work and Love
4.14
liked it
Very disappointing. While this book covers Tove Jansson's life, relationships, and development as an artist very thoroughly, I found it disappointing ...more
Jun 26, 2016
Jun 20, 2016
 
Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell
4.05
really liked it
I liked this book for how it told the story of how an outsider became, to some extent, an insider: a self-taught artist making collages and assemblage ...more
Oct 02, 2009
Oct 07, 2009
 
Augustus John: The New Biography
4.08
really liked it
Central Casting, get me a bohemian artist. A big fat detailed biography of the artist and his life, which was very interesting (he lived for a time wi ...more
Jan 30, 2008
Jan 01, 2009
 
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
4.03
really liked it
I read his books in junior high and liked them well enough but have never felt any desire to re-read, nor do I have any interest in the movies. Howeve ...more
Jan 27, 2013
Jan 23, 2013
 
Thomas Hardy
4.01
it was amazing
I read this now because at the end of Streets of Laredo, one of the characters picks up a copy of Tess of the D'Urbervilles at a railway station books ...more
Dec 17, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
 
Clover: The Tragic Love Story of Clover and Henry Adams and Their Brilliant Life in America's Gilded Age
3.45
it was amazing
I don't know much about Henry Adams, never read The Education of Henry Adams. Most of what I know about the family is from a PBS series that aired abo ...more
Jun 07, 2016
May 21, 2016
 
Annie's Captain
4.00
it was amazing
Fictionalized memoir about her grandparents’ devoted marriage. Her grandfather was a sea captain whose career went from sail to steam.
Aug 2002
Jun 12, 2008
 
Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey
4.18
really liked it
I always liked Gorey's work, though I was never really in his cult (probably driven away by the cult members who had "The Gashlycrumb Tinies" memorize ...more
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
 
Split Image: the Life of Anthony Perkins
3.68
really liked it
Attempting a biography of someone who's known for witholding facts about himself and leading a double life is a challenge. Winecoff talked to somethin ...more
Nov 2013
Oct 04, 2013
 
Creating Colette: From Baroness To Woman Of Letters, 1912 1954 (Creating Colette)
3.25
liked it
(This is a two volume biography but I'm going to review them together.)

Colette was one of my heroines when I was in my 20s. I read The Vagabond, her
...more
Sep 06, 2010
Aug 31, 2010
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