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Book Riot's 51 Must-Read Literary Biographies

Book Riot has compiled a list of 51 must-read literary biographies. Have you already read any of these books?
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The Peabody Sisters (Megan Marshall)
The Peabody Sisters (Megan Marshall)
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Margaret Fuller: A New American Life
Margaret Fuller: A New American Life
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The Silent Woman (Janet Malcolm)
The Silent Woman (Janet Malcolm)
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Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley (Charlotte Gordon)
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley (Charlotte Gordon)
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Neruda (Mark Eisner)
Neruda (Mark Eisner)
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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (David W. Blight)
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (David W. Blight)
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Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father (John Matteson)
Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father (John Matteson)
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Genet: A Biography of Janet Flanner (Brenda Wineapple)
Genet: A Biography of Janet Flanner (Brenda Wineapple)
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Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde (Alexis De Veaux)
Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde (Alexis De Veaux)
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Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) (Stacy Schiff)
Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) (Stacy Schiff)
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Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow: A History of Love and Violence Among the African American Elite (Eleanor Alexander)
Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow: A History of Love and Violence Among the African American Elite (Eleanor Alexander)
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The Blue Hour (Lilian Pizzichini)
The Blue Hour (Lilian Pizzichini)
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13
Chester B. Himes (Lawrence P. Jackson)
Chester B. Himes (Lawrence P. Jackson)
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Mary Shelley (Miranda Seymour)
Mary Shelley (Miranda Seymour)
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James Baldwin (David Leeming)
James Baldwin (David Leeming)
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Born to Be Posthumous (Mark Dery)
Born to Be Posthumous (Mark Dery)
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Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy (Carolyn Burke)
Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy (Carolyn Burke)
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Rebecca West (Victoria Glendinning)
Rebecca West (Victoria Glendinning)
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The Bronte Myth (Lucasta Miller)
The Bronte Myth (Lucasta Miller)
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Anais Nin: A Biography (Deirdre Bair)
Anais Nin: A Biography (Deirdre Bair)
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Simone De Beauvoir: A Biography (Deirdre Bair)
Simone De Beauvoir: A Biography (Deirdre Bair)
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Virginia Woolf (Hermione Lee)
Virginia Woolf (Hermione Lee)
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Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector (Benjamin Moser)
Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector (Benjamin Moser)
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Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray (Rosalind Rosenberg)
Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray (Rosalind Rosenberg)
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25
Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'connor (Brad Gooch)
Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'connor (Brad Gooch)
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How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer (Sarah Bakewell)
How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer (Sarah Bakewell)
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Ralp Ellison: A Biography (Arnold Rampersand)
Ralp Ellison: A Biography (Arnold Rampersand)
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The Life of Langston Hughes (Arnold Rampersad)
The Life of Langston Hughes (Arnold Rampersad)
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Edith Wharton: A Life (Hermione Lee)
Edith Wharton: A Life (Hermione Lee)
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Wrapped in Rainbows (Valerie Boyd)
Wrapped in Rainbows (Valerie Boyd)
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I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey Into the Mind of Philip K. Dick (Emmanuel Carrere)
I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey Into the Mind of Philip K. Dick (Emmanuel Carrere)
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Richard Wright: The Life and Times (Hazel Rowley)
Richard Wright: The Life and Times (Hazel Rowley)
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The Life of Emily Dickinson (Richard B. Sewall)
The Life of Emily Dickinson (Richard B. Sewall)
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Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life
Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life
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Katherine Anne Porter: The Life of an Artist (Darlene Harbour Unrue)
Katherine Anne Porter: The Life of an Artist (Darlene Harbour Unrue)
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Zelda (Nancy Milford)
Zelda (Nancy Milford)
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Iris Murdoch: A Life (Peter J.Conradi)
Iris Murdoch: A Life (Peter J.Conradi)
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Poet of the Appetites (Joan Reardon)
Poet of the Appetites (Joan Reardon)
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Alice Walker: A Life (Evelyn C. White)
Alice Walker: A Life (Evelyn C. White)
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Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life (Ruth Franklin)
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life (Ruth Franklin)
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