Sometimes it feels like the authors of our favorite books are the only ones who truly know us. But how much do you really know about your favorite author? Picking up a biography of a famous author is a thrilling way to engage with the person holding the pen.

We often put authors on pedestals, painting them in our mind as god-like beings with full knowledge of the world and its beauties and horrors. But my favorite thing about reading literary biographies is how humaniz13 Biographies Of Famous Authors That Will Change The Way You Read Their Worksing they are. It’s so exciting to discovers connections between myself and the authors that I love so dearly. So often an author’s real life is filled with unexpected elements that are even more fascinating than the image I had of them. As a reader and especially as an aspiring writer, it is so meaningful for me to be able to connect with my favorite authors in this way.

Plus, reading about an author’s life is sure to throw a fresh light on their work, giving you a keen perspective on the choices they made in their writing, and why their writing was so provocative at the time it was published.

From Jane Austen to Shirley Jackson, you can learn everything about your favorite authors from these fantastic literary biographies:

  • ‘Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston’ by Valerie Boyd
  • ‘Virginia Woolf’ by Hermione Lee
  • ‘Every Love Story is a Ghost Story’ by D.T. Max
  • ‘Jane Austen at Home: A Biography’ by Lucy Worsley
  • ‘The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury’ by Sam Weller
  • ‘The Brontë Myth’ by Lucasta Miller
  • ‘J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography’ by Humphrey Carter
  • ‘Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’ Connor’ by Brad Gooch
  • ‘Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’ Connor’ by Brad Gooch
  • ‘Shakespeare’ by Peter Ackroyd
  • ‘James Baldwin: A Biography’ by David A. Leeming
  • ‘The Life of Langston Hughes’ by Arnold Rampersad
  • ‘Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector’ by Benjamin Moser
  • ‘Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life’ by Ruth Franklin

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