Behind every great novel, there's an author with a story of their own. Learn more about the lives of the world's greatest writers, with our range of literary biographies.
Biographies, autobiographies and published letters.
Learn more about the intimate private lives of your favourite authors, like Virginia Woolf and Charles Dickens, through the letters that they sent to their friends and loved ones. Many letters have been collected and published, for you to read as they were originally written.
Or, enjoy memoirs and literary autobiographies that give you a fascinating first-hand insight into the experiences of Maya Angelou and Mark Twain amongst others. Learn about their experiences and inspirations, to discover the stories behind the stories.
We also stock an extensive selection of literary biographies, telling of the lives of poets and writers from someone else's perspective. Learn how Mary Shelley came to write Frankenstein, or how C. S. Lewis took inspiration from religion when writing his tales of Narnia.
Literary biography selection.
Whether you are looking for a biography, an autobiography or published letters, you will find many hardback and paperback options for UK delivery.
Dig deeper into the lives of the people that wrote your favourite novels. Be amazed how many of their own experiences inspired the tales that they told. With literary biographies, discover how words on paper are brought to life.