Booking Through Thursday
Suggested by Simon Thomas:
Have you ever been put off an author’s books after reading a biography of them? Or the reverse - a biography has made you love an author more?
I don't think I've read any biographies on authors, not that I remember. I am looking forward to reading Elizabeth Gaskell's biography on Charlotte Bronte though (The Life of Charlotte Bronte).
Not a biography, but a fictional work based on an author's life is Daphne by Justine Picardie (my review). Daphne is about Daphne DuMaurier's obsession with Branwell Bronte. She had an interesting but sad life marked with the mental illness of herself, her husband and many family members. She had some big names in her family and the book makes references to J.M. Barrie. He doesn't come out so well in the book. It made me look at the author of Peter Pan a lot differently- and not in a good way. As for Daphne, it made me want to read everything she's ever written, including her biography of Branwell: Infernal World Of Branwell Bronte.
Edit: I did read a few Mary Shelley biographies for a university report. She had a fascinating life. I felt quite sorry for her.