Selection of Biographies and Autobiographies, Biography Collection, New College Library, Oxford
“There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.”
—Mark Twain
A Biography Collection is held in the Library’s Group Study Room.

 

 

Scope and Use of the Collection

New College Library’s Biography Collection comprises significant biographies and autobiographies written about a wide range of subjects, from monarchs to musicians, writers to politicians.  It also includes exemplary and innovative works in the biography and memoirs genre.

The Collection is held on open access shelves in the Group Study Room, which is situated on the Lower Floor of the Library.  All items in the Biography Collection are borrowable.

The primary aim is to provide informative, accessible, and well-written books about important figures in history and of today for students’ leisure and pleasure reading, and of course for study purposes as well.  Other biographies (of which there are many) held in the Library primarily to support course-related reading are located within the main classified sequence of books beyond the Group Study Room.

 

Provide Feedback and Suggest New Resources

If you would like to make a comment about the Biography Collection, or you wish to suggest new biographies or autobiographies to be added to the Collection, you are invited to contact the Librarian.

 

Classification

Items in the Collection bear shelfmarks beginning BIO/.  They form part of the larger General Interest Collection located within the Group Study Room.  The listing below provides the subject (or subjects) of the biography, the shelfmark of the book, and its title.

 

Further Information

The Library’s copies of Autobiography: A Very Short Introduction (also online) and Biography: A Very Short Introduction (likewise online) provide very useful and engaging guides to what autobiography and biography are and what they do.

The Library holds in the Group Study Room the 60-volume Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, for reference-use only (REF/DNB); this major biographical dictionary is available online as well.

Other online resources available to New College students and staff, which are useful in particular for quick-reference purposes, include:

 

List of Books with Links to the Catalogue

Chinua ACHEBE (Novelist) BIO/ACH/EZE Chinua Achebe: A Biography
Fanny ADAMS (8-Year-Old Murder Victim, a.k.a. “Sweet Fanny Adams”) BIO/HUG Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum
King ÆTHELRED II BIO/ÆT2/ABE Æthelred the Unready: The Failed King
ALEXANDER III of Macedon, ALEXANDER the Great BIO/ALE/NAI Soldier, Priest, and God: A Life of Alexander the Great
Maya ANGELOU BIO/ANG I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Queen ANNE BIO/ANN/HEW Anne: Last Queen of England [on order]
Queen ANNE BIO/ANN/SOM

Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion

King ATHELSTAN BIO/ATH/HOL Athelstan: The Making of England

AUNG SAN SUU KYI

BIO/AUN/ZOL

The Daughter: A Political Biography of Aung San Suu Kyi

Jane AUSTEN BIO/AUS/SHO Midnight: Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning
Jane AUSTEN BIO/AUS/TOM Jane Austen: A Life
BACH Family (German Family of Composers and Musicians) BIO/BAC/WOL The New Grove Bach Family
Johann Sebastian BACH BIO/BAC/WIL Bach: A Musical Biography
Johann Sebastian BACH BIO/BAC/WIL The Life of Bach
Roland BARTHES BIO/BAR/SAM Barthes: A Biography
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN BIO/BEE/SWA Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph
Vanessa BELL (Painter and Interior Designer; Sister of Virginia Woolf)

BIO/WOO/DUN

A Very Close Conspiracy: Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf
Saul BELLOW (Novelist and Short Story Writer) BIO/BEL/LEA The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964
Saul BELLOW (Novelist and Short Story Writer) BIO/BEL/LEA The Life of Saul Bellow: Love and Strife, 1965-2005
David BEN-GURION (Israel’s First Prime Minister) BIO/BEN/SHA Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel [on order]
Alan BENNETT (Playwright, Screenwriter, and Actor) BIO/BEN A Life Like Other People’s
Irving BERLIN (Composer, Songwriter, Lyricist) BIO/BER/KAP Irving Berlin: New York Genius [on order]
Anthony BLUNT (Spy and Art Historian) BIO/BLU/CAR Anthony Blunt: His Lives
Eavan BOLAND (Poet) BIO/BOL Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time
Jennifer Finney BOYLAN (Writer and Transgender Activist) BIO/BOY She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders
Johannes BRAHMS BIO/BRA/SWA Johannes Brahms: A Biography
Anne BRONTË BIO/BRO/MIL

The Brontë Myth

Charlotte BRONTË BIO/BRO/MIL The Brontë Myth
Charlotte BRONTË BIO/BRO/HAR Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart
Emily BRONTË BIO/BRO/MIL The Brontë Myth
Christy BROWN (Novelist and Poet) BIO/BRO My Left Foot
Tina BROWN (Magazine Editor) BIO/BRO The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992
Marcus BRUTUS (Late Roman Republic Senator; Assassin of Julius Caesar) BIO/BRU/TEM Brutus: The Noble Conspirator [on order]
Mikhail BULGAKOV (Novelist, Playwright, and Physician) BIO/BUL/CUR Manuscripts Don’t Burn: Mikhail Bulgakov: A Life in Letters and Diaries
Annabella Milbanke, Lady BYRON (Wife of Lord Byron) BIO/BYR/SEY In Byron’s Wake: The Turbulent Lives of Lord Byron’s Wife and Daughter: Annabella Milbanke and Ada Lovelace
James CALLAGHAN BIO/DON Downing Street Diary: With James Callaghan in No. 10
King CANUTE BIO/CNU/LAN Cnut: The North Sea King
Lewis CARROLL  BIO/CAR/COH Lewis Carroll: A Biography
Angela CARTER (Novelist and Short Story Writer) BIO/CAR/GOR The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography
Jimmy CARTER BIO/CAR Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President
Queen CATHERINE, of Aragon (Queen Consort of King Henry VIII) BIO/CAT/TRE Catherine of Aragon: Henry’s Spanish Queen
Empress CATHERINE II of Russia, CATHERINE the Great BIO/CAT2/MAS Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
Queen CATHERINE DE MEDICI BIO/CAT/FRI Catherine de Medici
Joseph CHAMBERLAIN

BIO/CHAM/MAR

Joseph Chamberlain: Entrepreneur in Politics
Emperor CHARLEMAGNE BIO/CHA/NEL King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne [on order]
King CHARLES I BIO/CHA1/De L

White King: Traitor, Murderer, Martyr

King CHARLES II BIO/CHA2/JAC Charles II: The Star King
Prince CHARLES EDWARD STUART (Grandson of King James II, a.k.a. “Bonnie Prince Charlie” and “The Young Pretender”) BIO/CHA/DAI Charles Edward Stuart: The Life and Times of Bonnie Prince Charlie
Queen CHARLOTTE, Consort of George III BIO/GEO3/HAD The Strangest Family: The Private Lives of George III, Queen Charlotte and the Hanoverians
Geoffrey CHAUCER BIO/CHA/TUR Chaucer: A European Life
Frédéric CHOPIN BIO/CHO/WAL Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times
Sir Winston CHURCHILL BIO/CHU/BES Churchill: A Study in Greatness
CLEOPATRA, Queen of Egypt BIO/CLE/SCH Cleopatra: A Life
Samuel Taylor COLERIDGE BIO/COL/ASH The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Critical Biography
COLLABORATORS (Second World War) BIO/IRE The Traitors: A True Story of Blood, Betrayal and Deceit
Michael COLLINS (Irish Revolutionary and Political Leader)

BIO/COL/COO

Michael Collins: A Biography
Christopher COLUMBUS (Cristoforo COLOMBO) BIO/COL/BER Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504

Ferdinand COLUMBUS (Hernando COLÓN) (Book Collector; Son of Christopher Columbus)

BIO/COL/WIL The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Young Columbus and the Quest for a Universal Library
Brittney COOPER (Writer and Academic) BIO/COO Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers her Superpower [on order]
Fanny CORNFORTH (Artist’s Model of Dante Gabriel Rossetti) BIO/HUG Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum
Thomas CRANMER, Archbishop of Canterbury BIO/CRA/MacC Thomas Cranmer: A Life
Oliver CROMWELL BIO/CRO/FRA Cromwell: Our Chief of Men
Oliver CROMWELL BIO/CRO/HOR Oliver Cromwell: England’s Protector
Thomas CROMWELL, Earl of Essex BIO/CRO/MacC Thomas Cromwell: A Life
Marie CURIE BIO/CUR/QUI Marie Curie: A Life
Rachel CUSK (Novelist and Writer)

BIO/CUS

A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother
DANTE Alighieri BIO/DAN/REY Dante: The Poet, the Political Thinker, the Man
Henry Stuart, Duke of Albany, Lord DARNLEY (King Consort of Mary, Queen of Scots) BIO/DAR/BIN Darnley: A Life of Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, Consort of Mary Queen of Scots
Charles DARWIN BIO/ASH One Hot Summer: Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the Great Stink of 1858
Charles DARWIN BIO/HUG Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum
Alphonse DAUDET (Novelist) BIO/DAU In the Land of Pain
Claude DEBUSSY BIO/DEB/WAL Debussy: A Painter in Sound [on order]
Charles DE GAULLE BIO/DeG/JAC De Gaulle
Lien DE JONG (Dutch Jewish Girl; Second World War Survivor) BIO/DEJ/VAN The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found
Charles DICKENS BIO/DIC/TOM Charles Dickens: A Life
Charles DICKENS BIO/ASH One Hot Summer: Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the Great Stink of 1858
Denis DIDEROT BIO/DID/CUR Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely
Jenny DISKI (Writer) BIO/DIS On Trying to Keep Still
Benjamin DISRAELI BIO/ASH One Hot Summer: Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the Great Stink of 1858
Frederick DOUGLASS (Abolitionist, Suffragist, Social Reformer) BIO/DOU/BLI Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
Frederick DOUGLASS (Abolitionist, Suffragist, Social Reformer) BIO/DOU

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself

Lawrence DURRELL (Novelist and Writer) BIO/DUR/MacN Lawrence Durrell: A Biography
King EDWARD I BIO/EDW1/KIN Edward I: A New King Arthur?
King EDWARD II BIO/EDW2/PHI Edward II
King EDWARD II BIO/EDW2/GIV Edward II: The Terrors of Kingship
King EDWARD III BIO/EDW3/SUM Edward III: A Heroic Failure
King EDWARD IV BIO/EDW4/POL Edward IV: The Summer King
King EDWARD V BIO/EDW5/HIC Edward V: The Prince in the Tower
King EDWARD VI BIO/EDW6/ALF Edward VI: The Last Boy King
King EDWARD VII BIO/EDW7/RID Bertie: A Life of Edward VII
King EDWARD VII BIO/EDW7/DAV Edward VII: The Cosmopolitan King
King EDWARD VIII BIO/EDW8/BRE Edward VIII: The Uncrowned King
Albert EINSTEIN BIO/EIN/FOL Albert Einstein: A Biography
George ELIOT BIO/ELI/DAV The Transferred Life of George Eliot: The Biography of a Novelist
George ELIOT BIO/HUG Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum
T. S. ELIOT BIO/ELI/GOR The Imperfect Life of T. S. Eliot
Queen ELIZABETH I BIO/ELI1/CAS Elizabeth I: A Study in Insecurity
Queen ELIZABETH I BIO/ELI1/HIB The Virgin Queen: A Personal History of Elizabeth I
Queen ELIZABETH II BIO/ELI2/HUR Elizabeth II: The Steadfast
Desiderius ERASMUS BIO/ERA/MAS

Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind

Patrick Leigh FERMOR (Travel Writer) BIO/FER/SIS Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters
F. Scott FITZGERALD BIO/FIT/BRO Paradise Lost: A Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gustave FLAUBERT BIO/FLA/WIN Flaubert
John FOWLES BIO/FOW/WAR John Fowles: A Life in Two Worlds
Benjamin FRANKLIN BIO/FRA/ISA Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
King FREDERICK II of Prussia, FREDERICK the Great  BIO/FRE/BLA Frederick the Great: King of Prussia
Lady Antonia FRASER (Biographer and Historian) BIO/FRA My History: A Memoir of Growing Up
Thomas GAINSBOROUGH BIO/GAI/HAM Gainsborough: A Portrait
Mahatma GANDHI BIO/GAN

An Autobiography, or, The Story of My Experiments With Truth: A Critical Edition

GENGHIS Khan, First Khagan of the Mongol Empire BIO/GEN/WEA Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
King GEORGE I BIO/GEO1/BLA George I: The Lucky King
King GEORGE II BIO/GEO2/THO George II: King and Elector
King GEORGE III BIO/GEO3/BLA George III: America’s Last King
King GEORGE III BIO/GEO3/HAD The Strangest Family: The Private Lives of George III, Queen Charlotte and the Hanoverians
King GEORGE IV BIO/GEO4/HIB George IV: The Rebel Who Would Be King
King GEORGE V BIO/GEO5/CAN George V: The Unexpected King
King GEORGE VI BIO/GEO6/ZIE George VI: The Dutiful King
William GILBERT (Physicist) BIO/GIL/PUM Latitude & the Magnetic Earth: The True Story of Queen Elizabeth’s Most Distinguished Man of Science
Sir John GIELGUD (Actor) BIO/GIE/MOR John Gielgud: The Authorized Biography
GOH Chok Tong (Singapore’s Second Prime Minister) BIO/GOH/PEH Tall Order: The Goh Chok Tong Story: Volume I
Adam GOPNIK (Writer) BIO/GOP At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York
Glenn GOULD (Pianist) BIO/GOU/OST Glenn Gould: The Ecstasy and Tragedy of Genius
Lady Jane GREY BIO/GRE/IVE Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery
Lady Jane GREY BIO/GRE/DE L The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: The Tragedy of Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey
Stuart HALL (Sociologist, Cultural Theorist, and Political Activist) BIO/HAL Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands
Edmond HALLEY (Astronomer) BIO/HAL/COO Edmond Halley: Charting the Heavens and the Seas [on order]
Thomas HARDY BIO/HAR/TOM Thomas Hardy
Lady Flora HASTINGS (Lady-in-Waiting to the Duchess of Kent; Victim of Scandal) BIO/HUG Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum
Joseph HAYDN BIO/HAY/WYN The Life of Haydn
King HENRY I BIO/HEN1/KIN Henry I: The Father of His People
King HENRY II BIO/HEN2/BAR Henry II: A Prince Among Princes
King HENRY III BIO/HEN3/CHU Henry III: A Simple and God-Fearing King
King HENRY IV BIO/HEN4/MOR The Fears of Henry IV: The Life of England’s Self-Made King
King HENRY V BIO/HEN5/SEW Henry V as Warlord
King HENRY V BIO/HEN5/CUR Henry V: Playboy Prince to Warrior King
King HENRY VI BIO/HEN6/ROS Henry VI: A Good, Simple and Innocent Man
King HENRY VII BIO/HEN7/PEN

Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England

King HENRY VIII BIO/HEN8/WOO Henry VIII
King HENRY VIII BIO/HEN8/GUY Henry VIII: The Quest for Fame
King HENRY VIII BIO/HEN8/STA Henry: Virtuous Prince
Katherine Seymour, Countess of HERTFORD (a.k.a. Lady Katherine Grey) BIO/GRE/DE L The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: The Tragedy of Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey
Nicholas HILLIARD (Elizabethan Painter of Portrait Miniatures) BIO/HIL/GOL Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist
Billie HOLIDAY BIO/HOL Lady Sings the Blues
Robert HOOKE (Natural Philosopher) BIO/HOO/JAR The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London [on order]
Gerard Manley HOPKINS BIO/HOP/MAR Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life
Ted HUGHES BIO/HUG/BAT Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life
Victor HUGO BIO/HUG/ROB Victor Hugo
Queen ISABELLA I of Spain

BIO/ISA1/TRE

Isabella of Castile: Europe’s First Great Queen
King JAMES I BIO/JAM1/COG James I: The Phoenix King
King JAMES II BIO/JAM2/WOM James II: The Last Catholic King
Kay Redfield JAMISON (Clinical Psychologist; Manic Depressive) BIO/JAM An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
Saint JOAN of Arc BIO/AUS/SHO Midnight: Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning
Elton JOHN BIO/JOH Me [on order]
King JOHN BIO/JOH/MOR King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta
Pope JOHN PAUL II BIO/JOH/WEI Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II
David JONES BIO/JON/DIL David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet
Scott JOPLIN (Composer) BIO/JOP/BER King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era
Franz KAFKA BIO/KAF/BRO Franz Kafka: A Biography
Frida KAHLO BIO/KAH/HER Frida: The Biography of Frida Kahlo
Rudyard KIPLING BIO/KIP/BUB

Meeting Without Knowing It: Kipling and Yeats at the Fin de Siècle

Molly KEANE (Novelist) BIO/KEA/PHI Molly Keane: A Life
John F. KENNEDY BIO/KEN/DAL An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963
Lady Mary Grey KEYS (a.k.a. Lady Mary Grey) BIO/GRE/DeL The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: The Tragedy of Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey
Martin Luther KING, Jr. BIO/KIN/GAR

Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Maxwell KNIGHT BIO/KNI/HEM M: Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster
Letitia Elizabeth LANDON (a.k.a. “L.E.L.”) (Poet and Novelist) BIO/LAN/MIL

L.E.L.: The Lost Life and Scandalous Death of Letitia Elizabeth Landon, the Celebrated Female Byron’

D. H. LAWRENCE BIO/LAW/CHA D. H. Lawrence: A Personal Record
D. H. LAWRENCE BIO/LAW/WOR D. H. Lawrence: The Life of an Outsider
Edward LEAR BIO/LEA/UGL Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense
LEE Kuan Yew (Singapore’s First Prime Minister) BIO/LEE/MIN No Man Is An Island: A Portrait of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew
Laurie LEE BIO/LEE/GRO Laurie Lee: The Well-Loved Stranger
John LENNON BIO/LEN/NOR John Lennon: The Life
LEONARDO da Vinci BIO/LEO/ISA Leonardo Da Vinci: The Biography
Deborah LEVY (Novelist, Playwright, Poet) BIO/LEV The Cost of Living
Deborah LEVY (Novelist, Playwright, Poet) BIO/LEV

Things I Don’t Want to Know: A Response to George Orwell’s 1946 Essay Why I Write’

Alain LOCKE (Philosopher, Writer, Intellectual; Leader of the Harlem Renaissance Movement) BIO/LOC/STE The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke
Audre LORDE (Poet, Librarian, and Civil Activist) BIO/LOR Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
King LOUIS XIV of France BIO/LOU14/MIT The Sun King: Louis XIV at Versailles
King LOUIS XVI of France BIO/LOU16/HAR The Life of Louis XVI [on order]
Ada King, Countess of LOVELACE (Mathematician; Daughter of Lord Byron) BIO/BYR/SEY In Byron’s Wake: The Turbulent Lives of Lord Byron’s Wife and Daughter: Annabella Milbanke and Ada Lovelace
Robert LOWELL BIO/LOW Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character
Martin LUTHER BIO/ERA/MAS Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind
Najīb MAHFŪZ (Novelist, Short-Story Writer, Film Script Writer, Dramatist) BIO/MAH/EL-E Naguib Mahfouz: Egyptʼs Nobel Laureate
John MAJOR BIO/MAJ The Autobiography
Nelson MANDELA BIO/MAN/SAM Mandela: The Authorised Biography
Nelson MANDELA BIO/MAN/HAI Mandela: His Essential Life
Queen MARIE ANTOINETTE of France (Queen Consort of King Louis XVI) BIO/MAR/HAR Marie-Antoinette: The Making of a French Queen [on order]
Sarah Jennings Churchill, Duchess of MARLBOROUGH (Favourite of Queen Anne) BIO/MAR/HAR A Passion for Government: The Life of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough
Christopher MARLOWE (Playwright) BIO/MAR/HON Christopher Marlowe: Poet & Spy
Henry MARSH (Neurosurgeon) BIO/MAR Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery
William MARSHAL, First Earl of Pembroke BIO/MAR/ASB The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones
MARY, Queen of Scots BIO/MAR/FRA Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen MARY I BIO/MAR1/EDW Mary I: The Daughter of Time
Queen MARY I BIO/MAR1/WHI Mary Tudor: England’s First Queen
Queen MARY II BIO/WIL3/KEA William III and Mary II: Partners in Revolution
Empress MATILDA (Queen Consort of: (i) Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor, (ii) Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou; Mother of King Henry II) BIO/MAT/HAN Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior
King MATTHIAS I of Hungary, MATTHIAS Corvinus BIO/MAT/TAN The Raven King: Corvinus and the Fate of His Lost Library
Golda MEIR (Prime Minister of Israel) BIO/MEI/BUR Golda Meir: And the Birth of Israel
Fanny MENDELSSOHN (Composer and Pianist; Sister of Felix Mendelssohn) BIO/MEN/TOD Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn
Freddie MERCURY BIO/MER/JON Freddie Mercury: The Definitive Biography
Harvey MILK (United States Politician) BIO/MIL/FAD Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death [on order]
Karl MILLER (Literary Editor) BIO/MIL Fathers

Simon de MONTFORT, Sixth Earl of Leicester

BIO/MON/AMB The Song of Simon de Montfort: Englandʼs First Revolutionary and the Death of Chivalry [on order]
MOSES BIO/MOS/ZOR Moses: A Human Life
Anna Maria MOZART (Mother of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) BIO/MOZ/HAL The Mozart Family: Four Lives in a Social Context
Leopold MOZART (Composer; Father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) BIO/MOZ/HAL The Mozart Family: Four Lives in a Social Context
Maria Anna “Nannerl” MOZART (Musician; Sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) BIO/MOZ/HAL The Mozart Family: Four Lives in a Social Context
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART BIO/MOZ/HAL The Mozart Family: Four Lives in a Social Context
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART BIO/MOZ/JOH Mozart: A Life
Edvard MUNCH BIO/MUN/PRI Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream [on order]
Iris MURDOCH BIO/MUR/BAY Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch
V. S. NAIPAUL BIO/NAI Finding the Centre: Two Narratives
NAPOLEON I, Emperor of the French BIO/NAP/ROB Napoleon: A Life
John Forbes NASH, Jr. (Mathematician) BIO/NAS/NAS A Beautiful Mind
Sir Isaac NEWTON BIO/NEW/GUI Isaac Newton and Natural Philosophy

NGŨGĨ wa Thiongʼo (Novelist, Dramatist, Writer; Academic)

BIO/NGŨ Wrestling With the Devil: A Prison Memoir
Christopher NOLAN (Poet, Memoirist, Novelist) BIO/NOL Under the Eye of the Clock: The Life Story of Christopher Nolan
Lord Henry Howard, Earl of NORTHAMPTON (Elizabethan and Jacobean Courtier; Lord Privy Seal) BIO/NOR/ Lord Henry Howard (1540-1614): An Elizabethan Life
Rudolf NUREYEV (Ballet Dancer) BIO/NUR/KAV Rudolf Nureyev: The Life
Barack OBAMA BIO/OBA Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Wilfred OWEN BIO/OWE/STA Wilfred Owen
Giovanni PACINI (Opera Composer) BIO/PAC My Artistic Memoirs
Dame Christabel PANKHURST BIO/PAN/PUR Christabel Pankhurst: A Biography
Emmeline PANKHURST BIO/PAN/PUR Emmeline Pankhurst: A Biography
Martha PARKER (Filmmaker) BIO/GOP At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York
Saint PAUL BIO/PAU/WRI Paul: A Biography
Robert PEEL BIO/PEE/HUR Robert Peel: A Biography
Samuel PEPYS (Diarist; Chief Secretary to the Admiralty; Book Collector) BIO/PEP/TOM Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self
Max Ferdinand PERUTZ (Molecular Biologist and Biochemist; Nobel Prize Winner) BIO/PER/FER Max Perutz and the Secret of Life
PETER the Great, Emperor of Russia BIO/PET/MAS Peter the Great: His Life and World
Ludmilla PETRUSHEVSKAYA (Novelist and Playwright) BIO/PET The Girl from the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia
Nikolaus PEVSNER (Art and Architecture Historian) BIO/PEV/HAR Nikolaus Pevsner: The Life
King PHILIP II of Spain BIO/PHI2/PAR Imprudent King: A New Life of Philip II
William PITT BIO/PIT/HAG William Pitt the Younger
Cardinal Reginald POLE (Archbishop of Canterbury) BIO/POL/EDW Archbishop Pole
Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de POMPADOUR (a.k.a. “Madame de POMPADOUR”) (Chief Mistress, maîtresse-en-titre, of Louis XV, King of France) BIO/POM/MIT Madame de Pompadour
Cole PORTER (Composer and Songwriter) BIO/POR/McB Cole Porter: The Definitive Biography
Dennis POTTER (Playwright and Screenwriter) BIO/POT/CAR Dennis Potter: A Biography
Francis POULENC (Composer) BIO/POU/SCH Entrancing Muse: A Documented Biography of Francis Poulenc
Anthony POWELL (Novelist) BIO/POW/SPU Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time
Jimmy REID (Trade Union Activist and Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Work-In Leader) BIO/REI Reflections of a Clyde-Built Man
King RICHARD I (a.k.a. RICHARD the Lionheart) BIO/RIC1/ASB Richard I: The Crusader King
King RICHARD II BIO/RIC2/ASH Richard II: A Brittle Glory
King RICHARD III BIO/RIC3/SKI Richard III: Brother, Protector, King
King RICHARD III BIO/RIC3/HIC Richard III: The Self-Made King [on order]
John Wilmot, Earl of ROCHESTER (Poet and Courtier) BIO/ROC/LAM So Idle A Rogue: The Life and Death of Lord Rochester
House of ROMANOV, Royal House of Russia BIO/ROM/SEB The Romanovs: 1613-1918
Vita SACKVILLE-WEST, Lady Nicolson (Writer and Garden Designer) BIO/SAC/GLE Vita: The Life of Vita Sackville-West
Margaret Pole, Countess of SALISBURY BIO/SAL/PIE

Margaret Pole, 1473-1541: Loyalty, Lineage and Leadership

Sathnam SANGHERA (Journalist) BIO/SAN The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton
Siegfried SASSOON BIO/SAS/EGR Siegfried Sassoon: A Biography
Alessandro SCARLATTI (Composer; Father of Domenico Scarlatti) BIO/SCA/PAG Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti: Two Lives in One [on order]
Domenico SCARLATTI (Composer) BIO/SCA/PAG Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti: Two Lives in One [on order]
Robert SCHUMANN BIO/SCH/CHE Schumann: The Faces and the Masks
Sir Walter SCOTT BIO/SCO/SUT The Life of Walter Scott: A Critical Biography
Alexander SCRIABIN (Composer and Pianist) BIO/SCR/BOW Scriabin: A Biography [on order]
William SHAKESPEARE BIO/SHA/GRE Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
William SHAKESPEARE BIO/SHA/ACK Shakespeare: The Biography
Mary SHELLEY BIO/AUS/SHO Midnight: Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning
Mary SHELLEY BIO/SHE/SEY Mary Shelley
Richard Brinsley SHERIDAN (Playwright and Politician)

BIO/SHE/KEL

Richard Brinsley Sheridan: A Life
Jean SIBELIUS BIO/SIB/MAK Jean Sibelius
Nina SIMONE (Singer, Songwriter and Pianist; Civil Rights Activist) BIO/SIM I Put A Spell On You: The Autobiography of Nina Simone
Sir Hans SLOANE (British Museum Founding Collector; Physician) BIO/SLO/DEL Collecting the World: Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum
SOCRATES BIO/SOC/D’AN Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher
Josef STALIN BIO/STA/KHL Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator
King STEPHEN BIO/STE/WAT Stephen: The Reign of Anarchy
Sir Leslie STEPHEN (Literary Critic) BIO/STE Sir Leslie Stephen’s Mausoleum Book
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY BIO/TCH/HOL Tchaikovsky
Corrie TEN BOOM (Watchmaker; Dutch Resistance Worker and Concentration Camp Survivor) BIO/TEN The Hiding Place
Michael TIPPETT (Composer) BIO/TIP/SOD Michael Tippett: The Biography
J. R .R. TOLKIEN BIO/TOL/CAR J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography
Claire TOMALIN (Biographer) BIO/TOM A Life of My Own
Mark TWAIN BIO/TWA/POW Mark Twain: A Life
Max Wolf VALERIO (Poet and Memoirist) BIO/VAL The Testosterone Files: My Hormonal and Social Transformation from Female to Male
Giuseppe VERDI BIO/VER/PHI Verdi: A Biography
Queen VICTORIA BIO/VIC/RID Victoria: Queen, Matriarch, Empress
Richard WAGNER BIO/WAG/GEC Richard Wagner: A Life in Music
Richard Neville, Earl of WARWICK BIO/WAR/HIC Warwick the Kingmaker [on order]
Evelyn WAUGH BIO/WAU/EAD Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited
Edmund WHITE (Novelist, Memoirist, Biographer) BIO/WHI The Unpublished Vice: A Life of Reading
Mary WHITEHOUSE (Media Critic and Social Activist; Founder of the National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association) BIO/WHI Quite Contrary: An Autobiography
William WILBERFORCE BIO/WIL/HAG William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner
Oscar WILDE BIO/WIL/MEN Making Oscar Wilde
Oscar WILDE BIO/WIL/STU Oscar: A Life
Oscar WILDE BIO/WIL/FRA Oscar Wilde: The Unrepentant Years
Isambard WILKINSON (Traveller in Pakistan) BIO/WIL Travels in a Dervish Cloak
King WILLIAM I BIO/WIL1/MOR William I: England’s Conqueror
King WILLIAM II BIO/WIL2/GIL William II: The Red King
King WILLIAM III BIO/WIL3/KEA William III and Mary II: Partners in Revolution
King WILLIAM IV BIO/WIL4/KNI William IV
Harold WILSON BIO/WIL/DON Downing Street Diary: With Harold Wilson in No. 10
Wallis Simpson, Duchess of WINDSOR BIO/WIN/PAS Untitled: The Real Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor
Mary WOLLSTONECRAFT BIO/WOL/TOM The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft
Albert WOODFOX (Solitary Confinement Prison Inmate; one of the “Angola Three”) BIO/WOO Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement
Virginia WOOLF BIO/WOO/DUN A Very Close Conspiracy: Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf
Elizabeth WURTZEL (Journalist and Writer) BIO/WUR Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America
Sir Thomas WYATT BIO/WYA/BRI Thomas Wyatt: The Heart’s Forest
Malcolm X BIO/X The Autobiography of Malcolm X [on order]
W. B. YEATS BIO/KIP/BUB Meeting Without Knowing It: Kipling and Yeats at the Fin de Siècle
Lady Cecily Neville, Duchess of YORK BIO/YOR/LAY Cecily Duchess of York
Benjamin ZEPHANIAH BIO/ZEP The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: The Autobiography
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