A list of my top ten biographies is likely to connect with nobody completely, but that is because biographies are enjoyed because they connect with us for a variety of reasons. I’ve listed those that I’ve enjoyed the most and some of them because the biographer himself was such a good writer.
I could easily have limited this to major Christian figures or to other categories.
Feel free to comment on your one or two favorite biographies.
1. G. Sayer, Jack: C.S. Lewis and His Times.
2. G.K. Chesterton, St. Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox
3. P. Ackroyd, Dickens
4. W. Martin, A Prophet with Honor: The Billy Graham Story
5. E.K. Kaplan, S.H. Dresner, Abraham Joshua Heschel: Prophetic Witness
6. E. Bethge, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography
7. F. Scott Elledge, E.B. White
8. T. Teachout, The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken
9. G. Marsden, Jonathan Edwards
10. A. Hoffman, Inventing Mark Twain
A. Hollingsworth, The Simple Life of Mister Rogers
B. Reynolds, Dorothy L. Sayers
K.S. Lynn, Hemingway
M. Ignatieff, Isaiah Berlin
F. Kiernan, Seeing Mary Plain: A Life of Mary McCarthy
J. Cash, Flannery O’Connor: A Life
T. Branch, Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-1965
T. Dudley-Smith, John Stott
J. McMorris, The Warden of English: The Life of H.W. Fowler
F.W. Dillistone, C.H. Dodd
C. Clinton, Hariett Tubman