9 Must Read Biographies
The great Walt Disney once quoted, “The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.” This basically means that people who come out of a lot of difficulties in life are the most successful ones. And many times, such inspirational stories are penned down in the form of biographies.
Biographies are written to inspire people. It is not every day that a great legend or fighter is born, and when he/she is, biographies are written for the whole world to know about his/her story and get encouraged. There are many great people who have contributed a lot to this world to make it a better place, and some have fought with the world to make their own lives better. Out of all those people, there are a few personalities who came and conquered the world in their own respective fields. Make sure you read their biographies at least once in your life.
1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Who doesn’t know the wonders of Steve Jobs? You’re probably reading this on one of his wonders! This iconic man was the head behind the most successful technology company of all time, Apple Inc. The book ‘Steve Jobs’, his biography, is written by Walter Isaacson, upon the request of Jobs himself. This book is based on the life and journey of this great man, through his forty interviews in the span of two years. Walter also did a detailed research on Jobs with the help of his family, friends, acquaintances and competitors, and gave an open view about the contribution of Steve Jobs to the world. The book was praised and accepted all around the world.
2. Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera
For all art lovers, Frida Kahlo is not a new name. This Mexican artist is famous worldwide for her splendid self-portrait paintings. It was Hayden Herrera of HarperCollins Publishing fame and an art historian, who penned down the artist’s stunning and inspiring biography in the name of ‘Frida’. This book is an amalgamation of a woman’s extreme magnetism and originality, and her work that was inspired by her own sensual experiences. This biography has been hailed all around the world for its intricate details.
3. Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith
Sally Bedell Smith, a renowned American historian wrote the biography of Queen Elizabeth in the name of ‘Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch’. This book contains excellent amount of research about the Queen, with an engaging storytelling. The authenticity of the book can be measured by the instances taken from numerous interviews of Queen Elizabeth. This inspiring story will leave you spellbound and fascinated.
4. Helen Keller: A Life by Dorothy Herrmann
Helen Keller has been an inspiration to many, as she was the first ever deaf and blind person to acquire a bachelor’s degree in Arts. She was an American author, political activist and a lecturer too. Dorothy Herrmann has written the biography that states Helen’s controversial relationship with her teacher, Annie Sullivan. The book is about struggles, complications, complex relationships, and above all, success and achievements. This is a must-read biography for one and all.
5. Oscar Wilde: A Biography by Richard Ellmann
Oscar Wilde was an acclaimed Irish writer and poet, and was best known for his humour and wit. Many critics have praised his literary work, and he is quoted worldwide quite often. Richard Ellmann was the man who wrote his biography, ‘Oscar Wilde: A Biography’ that won him a Pulitzer award. The book is a reflection of Wilde’s tragic story that was filled with his psychologically and sexually complicated life. This book mentions his prominence in the literary world, and his downfall too. An Oscar Wilde fan will never miss out on this biography.