Michael Shelden on the Art of Biography

November 1st 2016 @ 5:30pm
Lilly Library
1200 East Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Book cover with image of man and woman in 19th-century dress

Michael Shelden is the author of six biographies, including the Pulitzer Prize Finalist Orwell: The Authorized Biography, which was also a New York Times Notable Book. His study of Mark Twain’s final years, Man in White, was chosen as one of the best books of 2010 by the Christian Science Monitor and the Library Journal. His Winston Churchill biography, Young Titan, was praised on both sides of the Atlantic and has been translated into several foreign languages, including Russian and Chinese. For fifteen years, he was a features writer for the London Daily Telegraph, and for ten years he served as a fiction critic for the Baltimore Sun. His work has also appeared in the Shakespeare Quarterly, the Times of London, Victorian Studies, the Washington Post, and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. In 2014 he won the  top prize of the Indiana Authors Awards, given annually by the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Fund. This year the Indiana Bicentennial Commission has included him among its 200 notable authors representing two centuries of Indiana literary history. He earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University in English literature, and his first book included research gathered from manuscripts in the Lilly Library. His latest book, published by HarperCollins, is Melville in Love (2016), which tells the story of Herman Melville's private life in the Berkshires of Massachusetts during the writing of Moby-Dick.

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