In a June article in London’s Guardian newspaper, a biographer bemoans the state of the modern biography ("The Death of Life Writing," June 28, 2008). “And, what is the future for a genre in which the best subjects have already been written about, time and again?” Kathyrn Hughes asks?
Celebrity memoirs and “saucy biographies of saucy 18th-century ladies” are among the culprits in the decline of the genre, Hughes believes.
Is Hughes right? Read any good biographies, recently? Let us know.
Here’s a few good biographies recommended by Hughes, BookBrowse and other sources:
Einstein by Walter Isaacson
Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Mao by Jung Chang, Jon Halliday
Shakespeare by Peter Ackroyd
Ring Out Freedom by Fredrik Sunnemark
Josephine: A Life of the Empress by Carolly Erickson
Matisse: the Master by Hilary Spurling
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