Did you know there is such a thing as Biographers Day?
It is a day that is here to help bring attention to the wonder of biographies, while also being a day that I don’t feel is celebrated to its full brilliance.
Therefore, to celebrate the power of biographies, here is a list of biographical authors, their titled biographies and their museums that you can visit in England.
Alfred Lord Tennyson – Tennyson: To strive, to seek, to find (2014)
Tennyson Monument: Tennyson Down, Freshwater, Isle Of Wight, PO39 0HY
Telephone: 01983 521555
Alfred Lord Tennyson was a highly popular poet of his time, creating his work through his life experiences along with Greek mythology.
A famous piece of his work that even Queen Victoria highly praised and found helped her when coping with grief, was In Memoriam A.H.H (1849) based on his own experiences of losing his closest friend.
Charles Dickens – The Letters of Charles Dickens (2011)
Charles Dickens Museum London: 48 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LX
Telephone: 020 7405 2127
Charles Dickens is the famous author of Oliver Twist (1838) and A Christmas Carol (1843), books of which many films, theatre productions and TV shows have been based off of.
George Orwell – George Owell: A Life in Letters (2011)
George Orwell’s London – A Walking Tour: Great Portland Street Station, Fitzrovia, London W1W 5DD
George Orwell’s book, Animal Farm (1945) is one of his most famous stories and is often used as a book for students to study in GCSE English.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Arthur Conan Doyle: “A Life In Letters” (2007)
The Sherlock Holmes Museum: 221b Baker St. London, NW1 6XE
Telephone: 020 7224 3688
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is most famous for his Sherlock Holmes (1887-1927) detective novels, a series of books that many films and TV series have been based on, such as the highly popular Sherlock Holmes (2010-2017) starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
Dame Agatha Christie – Agatha Christie: A biography (1997)
Greenway House: Greenway Road, Galmpton, near Brixham, Devon, TQ5 0ES
Famous author of the Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot books, such as The Murder at the Vicarage (1930) and Murder on the Orient Express (1934), which have been turned into popular TV series.
George Bernard Shaw – George Bernard Shaw (2014)
Shaw’s Corner: Ayot St Lawrence, near Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 9BX
George Bernard Shaw was a famous playwright, one of his most recognised plays being Mrs. Warren’s Profession (1902) which centred around the topic of prostitution and the New Woman.
Where did Biographers Day originate from?
In the eighteenth century, James Boswell – a famous biographer and diarist – wrote the biography for Samuel Johnson who was not just a poet and a journalist, but who was also the first writer of the English dictionary.
It was in the eighteenth century that the modern biography style originated from.
Meanwhile, Biographers Day celebrates the first time Boswell and Johnson met, back in 1763.