For biographies I’ve read, ratings are on a scale of 0 to 5 stars with equal weight given to my subjective assessment of: (1) how entertaining the biography proved to be and (2) the biography’s historical value.

Links to third-party reviews may be provided for biographies I’ve not yet read.  If I’m missing a great biography in the category of Arts, Sports or Entertainment that you’ve read, please let me know!   Last updated October 11, 2016.

Armstrong, Louis Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout 2009
Bach Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven by John Gardiner 2013
Bach Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician by Christoph Wolff 2001
Beethoven Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph by Jan Swafford 2014
Beethoven Beethoven: The Music and the Life by Lewis Lockwood 2002
Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin: His Life and Art by David Robinson 1985
Cobb, Ty Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhsen 2015
Cobb, Ty Cobb: A Biography by Al Stump 1994
Dickens, Charles Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin 2011
Dickens, Charles Charles Dickens: His Tragedy and Triumph by Edgar Johnson 1952
Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Mind on Fire by Robert Richardson 1995
Gehrig, Lou Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig by Jonathan Eig 2005
Goldwyn, Sam Goldwyn: A Biography by A. Scott Berg 1989
Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway by Kenneth S. Lynn 1987
Jordan, Micahel Michael Jordon: The Life by Roland Lazenby 2014
Lippmann, Walter Walter Lippmann and the American Century by Ronald Steel 1980
Mantle, Mickey The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy 2010
Melville, Herman Melville: A Biography by Laurie Robertson-Lorent 1996
Michelangelo The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo by Irving Stone 1958
Michelangelo Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces by Miles J. Unger 2014
Michelangelo Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King 2003
Mozart Mozart: A Life by Maynard Solomon 1995
Paine, Thomas Thomas Paine and the Promise of America by Harvey Kaye 2000
Presley, Elvis Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley (Vol 1) by Peter Guralnick 1994
Presley, Elvis Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley (Vol 2) by Peter Guralnick 1999
Robinson, Jackie Jackie Robinson: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad 1997
Rogers, Will Will Rogers: A Biography by Ben Yagoda 1993
Rose, Pete Pete Rose: An American Dilemma by Kostya Kennedy 2014
Ruth, Babe The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth by Leigh Montville 2006
Shakespeare Shakespeare: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd 2005
Shakespeare Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt 2004
Sinatra, Frank Sinatra: The Chairman by James Kaplan 2015
Steinbeck, John John Steinbeck, Writer by Jackson Benson 1990
Tolstoy, Leo Tolstoy by Henri Troyat 1965
Twain, Mark Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain by Justin Kaplan 1966
Twain, Mark Mark Twain: A Life by Ron Powers 2005
Wayne, John John Wayne: American by Randy Roberts 1995
Wayne, John John Wayne: The Life and Legend by Scott Eyman 2014
Wilde, Oscar Oscar Wilde by Richard Ellmann 1987
Williams, Ted Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero by Leigh Montville 2004
Williams, Ted The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams by Ben Bradlee Jr. 2013
Woolf, Virginia Virginia Woolf: A Biography by Quentin Bell 1971

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