Is it inhibiting or invaluable for biographers to have had a personal relationship with the subject of their books? Michael Bloch, a close friend of James Lees-Milne (renowned for his work with the National Trust), is both his biographer and editor of his inimitable diaries. Selina Hastings' The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham was widely considered the literary biography of 2009. She was a friend of her previous subject, Rosamond Lehmann. Miranda Seymour's most recent biography is Chaplin's Girl. She has also written a revealing memoir of her father. Chaired by Andrew Lownie, founder of the Biographers' Club. (DeadGoodBooks)
Mary Shelley 184 copies, 1 review
Thrumpton Hall: A Memoir of Life in My Father's House 172 copies, 7 reviews
Robert Graves: Life on the Edge 83 copies
The Bugatti Queen 75 copies, 2 reviews
In Byron's Wake 46 copies, 4 reviews
A Ring of Conspirators: Henry James and his Literary Circle, 1895-1915 41 copies, 1 review
Noble Endeavours: The Life of Two Countries, England and Germany, in Many… 35 copies, 6 reviews
The Summer of '39 26 copies, 1 review
The Reluctant Devil: A Cautionary Tale 22 copies, 2 reviews
The Telling 16 copies
The goddess 13 copies
Medea 11 copies
Chaplin's Girl: The Life and Loves of Virginia Cherrill 11 copies, 1 review
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