We hope to build up a bibliography of primary and secondary texts, and online resources (at the bottom of the page) relating to life-writing on this blog. The books are organised in alphabetical order, by author surname. At the moment, it is very much a bare bones bibliography, designed as a springboard for something more fleshy! Please help us build it up by contributing your suggested additions in the comments below, and feel free to suggest your own books.

Articles (press) and Blogs:

Interviews on the art of biography.
Blogs on the tribulations of a biographer’s life :
Blogs on memoirs and autobiographies

On Literary Biographies

On L’écriture autobiographique  (in French! but is it a problem?)
On Biographies
Videos on L’art de la biographie   (in French! but is it a problem?)

(Many thanks to Béatrice Crawford for these links)

Books: Primary Texts

Amis, Kingsley The King’s English

Baley, Blake Cheever

Ballard, J.G. Miracles of Life

Ballard, J.G. The Kindness of Women

Barber, Michael The Captain: A Life of Simon Raven

Bedford, Sybille Quicksands

Begley, Louis Wartime Lies

Cumming, Laura A Face to the World

Davenport-Hines, Richard Titanic Lives

De Beauvoir, Simone, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

Edel, Leon Henry James, the biography

Ellmann, Richard Oscar Wilde

Fraser, Fiona Emma: A Life of Lady Hamilton

French, Patrick The World is what it is: A Life of V.S.Naipaul

Gosse, Edmund Father and Son

Green, Henry Pack My Bag

Haffendon, John William Empson

Hardy, G.H. A Mathematician’s Apology

Harman, Claire Sylvia Townsend Warner

Hewitt, Rachel, Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey (London: Granta, 2010)

Hoare, Philip Leviathan

Holroyd, Michael Basil Street Blues

Humphries, Barry My Life as Me

Jarman, Derek Modern Nature: Journals

Josipovici, Gabriel Touch

Kermode, Frank Not Entitled

Lanchester, John A Family Romance

Larkin, Philip Letters to Monica

Lee, Hermione Virginia Woolf

Lee, Hermione Elizabeth Bowen

Lessing, Doris Walking in the Shade

Lewis, Roger Anthony Burgess

Logue, Christopher Prince Charming

Mantel, Hilary Giving up the Ghost

Maurois, Andre Voltaire

McCarthy, Mary, Memories of a Catholic Girlhood

McCourt, Frank, Angela’s Ashes

McGahern, John Memoir

Miller, Jane Relations

Miller, Karl Rebecca’s Vest

Nabokov, Vladimir Speak, Memory

Naipaul, V.S. A House for Mr Biswas

Naipaul, V.S. The Enigma of Arrival

Neruda, Pablo, Memoirs

Origo, Iris Images and Shadows

Parker, Peter The Last Veteran: J.R.Ackerley

Phillipson, Nicholas, Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life (London: Penguin, 2011)

Powell, Anthony, and Vanderbilt, Robert The Acceptance of Absurdity

Powell, Violet A Substantial Ghost

Powell, Anthony A Dance to the Music of Time

Proust, Marcel In Search of Lost Time

Sage, Lorna Bad Blood

Schiff, Stacy Vera

Shilling, Jane The Stranger in the Mirror

Shulman, Nicola Graven With Diamonds: A Life of Sir Thomas Wyatt

Sonnenberg, Ben Lost Property

Spark, Muriel Curriculum Vitae

Spurling, Hilary The Life of Ivy Compton-Burnett

Symonds, A.J.A. The Quest for Corvo

Talbot, Mary M and Bryon Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes

Thurman, Judith Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette

Vidal, Gore Palimpsest

Waugh, Alexander Fathers and Sons

Welty, Eudora, One Writer’s Beginnings

Williams, Rowan Dostoievsky

Wilson, Edmund Journals

Wolff, Tobias, This Boy’s Life

Wollheim, Richard Germs

Woolf, Virginia, Moments of Being

Yourcenar, Marguerite, Dear Departed: A Memoir

Yourcenar, Marguerite, Memoirs of Hadrian: And Reflections on the Composition of Memoirs of Hadrian

Books: Secondary Texts

Clifford, James, ed, Biography as an Art

Edel, Leon Writing Lives

Empson, William Using Biography

Marcus, Laura Auto/biographical Discourses

Nicolson, Harold The Development of English Biography


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