It turns out that The Classics Club of which I am a part isn’t defunct; apparently the original blog was taken down, but I recently found the new one. Each month there’s a meme–a question to answer–so I thought I’d play along. Here’s July’s question:
Have you ever read a biography on a classic author? If so, tell us about it. If you had already read works by this author, did reading a biography of his/her life change your perspective on the author’s writing? Why or why not? // Or, if you’ve never read a biography of a classic author, would you? Why or why not?
I’m not a big reader of nonfiction, though I do appreciate a biography very occasionally. The only biography of a classic author that comes to mind is one I read a few years ago–The Narnian by Alan Jacobs. I count C.S. Lewis as one of my favorite authors, so I really enjoyed this biography of him and learned quite a bit about him, too. (Click through and read my thoughts on the book for more details.)
I’m currently immersed in Great Expectations, and I’m enjoying it immensely. Following that vein, I think I’d like to read the nonfiction piece (biography?) Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens by Robert Gottlieb (reviewed here by Janet). I also really meant to read The Brontë Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne by Catherine Reef (reviewed here by Sherry) back when it was shortlisted for the 2013 Cybils in the YA nonfiction category. Maybe I’ll get to it after I read Jane Eyre for my IRL bookclub later this fall.
So many books, so little time! 🙂