Category: Biography

3 March, 2014

Michael Easson

Burke’s Great Melody Against It

Michael Easson finds Edmund Burke miscast as a conservative in Jesse Norman's new biography.


3 February, 2014

Daniel Hitchens

The Poet is Always Potentially Subversive

James Andrew Taylor's biography of the poet Vernon Scannell provides fresh insights into the artistic cousin of Philip Larkin.


20 January, 2014

Bryn Jones Square

Sibling Sympathy

Bryn Jones Square discovers the social nature of artistic creation in Lucy Newlyn’s literary biography of William and Dorothy Wordsworth.


24 June, 2013

Rhian E. Jones

The Indecipherable Cipher

She retains her haunting power, but the official life begins with a Thatcher more real than we might have imagined.


10 June, 2013

Gabriel Roberts

The Creations of Edward Thomas

Despite problems of retrospect, this novel about the making of the poet is a valuable contribution as interest in Thomas grows.


3 March, 2013

Ceri Hunter

Jane Austen’s Material World

Paula Byrne gets big ideas from some very small objects in her new biography of Jane Austen, Ceri Hunter writes.


4 February, 2013

Rosie Lavan

Speaking for Marilyn

Rosie Lavan finds that Lois Banner's feminist history of Marilyn Monroe leaves a lot to be desired.


Octavia Cox

A Different Picture

Octavia Cox finds a less lovesick John Keats emerging from Nicholas Roe's essential new biography of the poet.


21 January, 2013

Judyta Frodyma

Loving Leonard Cohen

Sylvie Simmons's new biography of Leonard Cohen gives an intimate and detailed account of a life on tour.