Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Biographers Day

Today is Biographers Day, commemorating the day biographer James Boswell met his subject, Samuel Johnson, in a bookshop in 1763. (See Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship.) Do you often think about the biographer rather than their subject when checking out a book? Have you ever read the biography because you know the biographer is a good writer? 

We've enjoyed biographies by Peter Ackroyd, Robert Caro, Donald Spoto, Diane Middlebrook, Stephen Ambrose, Stacy Schiff, David McCullough, Nancy Milford, Claire Tomalin, Caroline Moorehead, Lytton Strachey, A. N. Wilson, Brenda Maddox, Antonia Fraser, Lee Server, Amanda Foreman, Alison Weir, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Peter Guralnick. We've put together a list of some of the library's more recent acquisitions below - is there a biographer or biography you'd like to recommend? Let us know in the comments!

Manderley For Ever by Tatiana de Rosnay

Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King


The 20 Best Biographies and Autobiographies of All Time [Telegraph] 

25 Recommendations For Life Changing Biographies For the Voracious Reader In You [Thought Catalog]

11 Must-Read Biographies About Incredible Women [HuffPost]

15 Best Autobiographies Everyone Should Read at Least Once In Their Life [Lifehack]

Best Biographies [Goodreads]

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