Some popular author biographies include Joseph Frank���s ���Dostoyevsky: A Writer in His Time,��� Tracy Daugherty���s ���Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme��� and Hermione Lee���s ���Virginia Woolf.��� These literary biographies all receive strong reviews from critics.Continue Reading
Harvard literature professor Joseph Frank dedicated much of his career to an exhaustive five-volume biography of Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, but the resulting 2,500-page work is primarily of interest to academics. Frank���s ���Dostoyevsky: A Writer in His Time��� condenses the mammoth work into a comparatively readable 984 pages. Frank situates Dostoyevsky���s work in a historical and social context, making this the definitive biography of the eminent novelist.
Donald Barthelme revolutionized the short story during the 1960s, bringing a level of playfulness, erudition and experimentation to the pages of The New Yorker, where much of his work appeared. Tracy Daugherty, a former student of Barthelme���s, wrote ���Hiding Man,��� a nuanced, sympathetic portrait of a complex, troubled writer. Covering Barthelme���s early life in Houston, Texas, his bohemian heyday in New York City and his travels around the world, Daugherty���s biography acknowledges the writer���s genius and his flaws.
Scholar Hermione Lee's biography of Virginia Woolf received high acclaim. Focusing on Woolf���s personal correspondence, early childhood and extensive close readings of her writing, Lee offers a comprehensive portrait of the novelist���s life and work.Learn more about Literature