Want inspiration? Find the biography of your favorite author and reboot your worldview. Life-changing documentaries based on letters, writings, papers, memories of friends and relatives.
Whether you’re stuck in artistic frustration or want to engage yourself in a cultural activity, welcome to the world of literature! Its biographical section in particular.
Below are four stories about four masters of the word. It would be a robbery against humanity to hide those saturated pages of history. Hopefully, you’ll find your favorite master and learn rare details no website will ever tell. Prepare to spot striking similarities between past and present settings of the human mind.
John Chaney was a mariner, a gold miner, in some period even an American hobo. He worked hard from middle school age until the last years of life. But, above all, he was an outstanding American writer. Jack London describes his journeys not as a materially-minded hard worker but from the side of the wild beauty and terror, emotions, and insights the person can experience in desperate circumstances.
The biographer Earle Labor was the one to investigate the perplexed realism master’s mind. In enchanting language, he reasons why American literature couldn’t live without Jack London.
French writers inevitably have some touch of drama in their pieces. Balzac was the one to brew tragedy and make it his personal trademark. And it’s not artistic fiction: he actually saw the world through the corrupted prism of noir.
Balzac was a great observer and thinker. Even his minor characters are amazingly complicated Humans with a hundred shades of moral struggles and contradictions. Robb ties the author’s life full of destruction and love affairs with his paper legacy of spiritual confessions.
Well-known for his close affiliation to aestheticism and pure art, Irish playwright Oscar Wilde was, however, bound to inner torments. Shining with wits and fancy outlooks in public, he managed to hide his real self in the shadows for a long time.
This Pulitzer Prize awarded biography is considered the most accurate and unbiased conductor of the author’s painful mind-split. His screenplays and poems leaking with withheld feelings are the main but not the only subject being naked under Ellmann’s magnifying glass.
The American writer Ernest Hemingway was the prototype of his own male protagonists. Being a drunkard and aggressive gambler, fighting on the WWI front, he didn’t get bogged down in the materialistic swirl. A long journalism practice labeled his language style, making it rigid, laconic, flaming. The mental distress made the soul of the artist’s immense emotional stories.
Dearborn managed to discover one-of-a-kind sources shedding light on gaps in Hemingway’s biography. She untangled the roots of his brutal personality and painted us a bare-faced portrait of the man who ruled 20th century literature.
Except for literary interest, biographies are key to understanding your own self. Just like the artist mixes hues to make the picture deeper, classic authors add facets to your inner eye. Maybe in one of the aforementioned books, you will find answers to questions that concern you for a long time?