* Upcoming Releases *

Notable upcoming biographies are shown below (recent changes in bold).  A more exhaustive list focused on U.S. Presidents can be found here. This list was updated May 25, 2021.

Joseph Ritson Discovering Robin Hood: The Life of Joseph Ritson by Stephen Basdeo May 26
Mary Wortley Montagu The Pioneering Life of Mary Wortley Montagu by Jo Willett May 26
Charlotte Delbo Charlotte Delbo: A Life Reclaimed by Ghislaine Dunant May 28
C.S. Lewis The Making of C.S. Lewis: From Atheist to Apologist by Harry Lee Poe June 1
Horace Stoneham Forty Years a Giant: The Life of Horace Stoneham by Steven Treder June 1
Paulo Freire Paulo Freire: A Philisophical Biography by Walter Omar Kohan June 3
John Marshall Harlan The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan by Peter Canellos June 8
Ethel Rosenberg Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy by Anne Sebba June 8
Ian Fleming The World is Not Enough: A Biography of Ian Fleming by Oliver Buckton June 12
Elizabeth Fox-Genovese Elizabeth Fox-Genovese: Paternalism’s Daughter by Deborah Symonds June 15
Sydney Taylor From Sarah to Sydney: The Woman Behind All-of-a-Kind Family by June Cummins June 22
John Craxton John Craxton: A Life of Gifts by Ian Collins June 22
Etta Place Etta Place: Riding Into History with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid by D.J. Herda June 23
James Otis & Mercy Warren Minds and Hearts: The Story of James Otis Jr. and Mercy Otis Warren by Jeffrey Hacker June 25
Jayne Mansfield Jayne Mansfield: The Girl Couldn’t Help It by Eve Golden June 29
Al Hirschfeld
Hirschfeld: The Biography by Ellen Stern July 6
Clive Bell
Clive Bell and the Making of Modernism: A Biography by Mark Hussey July 6
Barbara Hepworth
Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life by Eleanor Clayton July 13
Fernando Pessoa
Pessoa: A Biography by Richard Zenith July 13
James Longstreet The Confederacy’s Most Modern General: James Longstreet by Harold Knudsen July 15
Lise Meitner The Amazing Story of Lise Meitner by Andrew Norman July 30
Lowitja O’Donoghue Lowitja: The Authorised Biography by Stuart Rintoul Aug 1
Genl John Rawlins
General John A. Rawlins: No Ordinary Man by Allen Ottens Aug 3
Lafayette
Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution by Mike Duncan Aug 10
Nico
You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone: The Biography of Nico by Jennifer Otter Bickerdike Aug 10
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Two-Way Mirror: The Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning by Fiona Sampson Aug 17
George Hearst
George Hearst: Silver King of the Gilded Age by Matthew Bernstein Aug 19
Howard Kazanjian Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life by J. W. Rinzler Aug 24
Queen Eliz II The Queen by Matthew Dennison Sept 1
Fannie Lou Hamer Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer by Kate Clifford Larson Sept 1
Claude McKay Claude McKay: The Making of a Black Bolshevik by Winston James Sept 1
Oliver Cromwell The Making of Oliver Cromwell by Ronald Hutton Sept 1
George Rickey George Rickey: A Life in Balance by Belinda Rathbone Sept 1
Vanderbilt family Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe Sept 1
Robt E Lee
Robert E. Lee: A Life by Allen Guelzo Sept 28
Hans Holbein
The King’s Painter: The Life of Hans Holbein by Franny Moyle Oct 5
W. G. Sebald Speak, Silence: In Search of W. G. Sebald by Carole Angier Oct 5
Harold Rosenberg Harold Rosenberg: A Critic’s Life by Debra Bricker Balken Oct 6
Winston Churchill Churchill’s Shadow: The Life and Afterlife of Winston Churchill by Geoffrey Wheatcroft Oct 12
Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde: A Life by Matthew Sturgis Oct 12
Anthony Bourdain Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography by Laurie Woolever Oct 12
Tony Hillerman Tony Hillerman: A Life by James Morris Oct 14
Willis A. Lee Jr. Battleship Commander: The Life of Vice Admiral Willis A. Lee Jr. by Paul Stillwell Oct 15
Robert Bellah A Joyfully Serious Man: The Life of Robert Bellah by Mattteo Bortolini Oct 19
E. O. WIlson Scientist: E. O. Wilson: A Life in Nature by Richard Rhodes Oct 19
Stephen Crane Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane by Paul Auster Oct 26
H. G. Wells H. G. Wells: Changing the World by Claire Tomalin Oct 26
Princess Mary Princess Mary: The First Modern Princess by Elisabeth Basford Nov 1
Neville Chamberlain Neville Chamberlain: The Passionate Radical by Walter Reid Nov 2
King George III
The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III by Andrew Roberts Nov 2
Cokie Roberts Cokie: A Life Well Lived by Steven Roberts Nov 2
Polly Adler Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age by Debby Applegate Nov 2
Leonid Brezhnev Brezhnev: The Making of a Statesman by Susanne Schattenberg Nov 4
Josiah Wedgwood The Radical Potter: The Life and Times of Josiah Wedgwood by Tristram Hunt Nov 9
Salmon Chase Salmon P. Chase: Lincoln’s Vital Rival by Walter Stahr Nov 9
Benedict XVI Benedict XVI: A Life by Peter Seewald Nov 9
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin: The Biography by Bob Spitz Nov 9
Emmett J. Scott Emmett J. Scott: Power Broker of the Tuskegee Machine by Maceo Dailey Jr. Nov 10
Sarah Churchill Wayward Daughter: Sarah Churchill and Her World by Miranda Brooke Nov 15
Elizabeth Hardwick A Splendid Intelligence: The Life of Elizabeth Hardwick by Cathy Curtis Nov 16
Avicii Tim – The Official Biography of Avicii by Mans Mosesson Nov 16
René Magritte Magritte: A Life by Alexander Danchev Nov 30
Maria Theresa Maria Theresa: The Hapsburg Empress in Her Time by Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger Jan 18, 2022
Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron: A Life by Kristin Marguerite Doidge Mar 1, 2022
Amy Clampitt [Untitled] by Willard Spiegelman 2022
Edward Kennedy Against the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Rise of Conservatism (Vol 2) by Neal Gabler [2022]
Ben Franklin [Currently untitled] by Stephen King
rumored
Thurgood Marshall [Currently untitled] by A. Scott Berg
tbd
George Schultz [Currently untitled] by Philip Taubman tbd
Jim Thorpe [Currently untitled] by David Maraniss tbd
Mark Twain [Currently untitled] by Ron Chernow tbd
Henry Kissinger [Currently untitled – Kissinger volume II] by Niall Ferguson tbd
Ezra Taft Benson [Currently untitled] by Patrick Mason tbd
Joseph Smith [Currently untitled] by John Turner tbd
John Lewis [Currently untitled] by David Greenberg tbd
Gertrude Stein [Currently untitled] by Francesca Wade tbd
Magic Johnson [Currently untitled] by Roland Lazenby tbd
Peter O’Toole [Currently untitled] by Alexander Larman tbd
Anne Frank [Currently untitled] by Ruth Franklin
tbd
Alexander Twilight [Currently untitled] by Bill Hart
tbd
Christopher Hitchens [Currently untitled] by Stephen Phillips
tbd
Jean Rhys [Currently untitled] by Miranda Seymour
tbd
Stalin [Stalin: Miscalculation – Vol 3] by Stephen Kotkin tbd
James Weldon Johnson [Currently untitled] by David W. Blight
2024
John Brown [Currently untitled] by Walter Johnson [2024]

This list is derived from sources believed to be accurate; dates and titles are subject to change prior to publication.

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27 thoughts on “* Upcoming Releases *”

  1. Ronald Park said:

    William Taubman who did a biography of Khruschev in 2003 is coming out with a biography of Gorbachev in September.

    • Thanks for the tip – I recently added Taubman’s bio of Khrushchev to my “Related Reading” page on my sister website about presidential biographies. From what I gathered, that biography is excellent, so I can’t wait to see how he does with Gorbachev!

  2. Ronald Park said:

    David Levering Lewis is doing a biography of Wendell Willkie to be released on May 1, 2018.

  3. H.W. Brands is publishing a new book later this year (Nov 13th): Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants. Although not necessarily a biography, the author and subject matter may have some appeal.

    • I missed this one as well – given the topic / subject matter and the author this book could be incredibly compelling. Fingers crossed!

      • Gave up reading this one after about 50 pages. Its hard to get into a book when almost half of it is direct quotations. Im guessing this is how Brands is able to pump out books so fast.

  4. Ronald Park said:

    Andrew Roberts (author of Napoleon) will be releasing his massive Churchill biography in November.

  5. Redskullduggery said:

    Just curious, has anyone read anything by David Blight? If so, would you recommend him? I am thinking of getting his upcoming book on Frederick Douglass. (To give you a sense of the kind of biographical writing I like, I am a big fan of Robert Caro and Ron Chernow).

    • He’s no Chernow or Caro, but they are in an elite category. I read Race and Reunion many years ago and recall it being very good. It won the Bancroft Award. He is a well-respected scholar so I wouldn’t hesitate buying the Douglass bio. The other major bio of Douglass by Wm. McFeely was published in 1990.

  6. For anyone interested, C-SPAN broadcast a recent interview by Brian Lamb of Robert Moses’s biographer Robert Caro. [Also available as a podcast.] According to Mr. Lamb, it was their 8th one-hour interview.

  7. Very sad news concerning Edmund Morris:

  8. Steve Inskeep’s new dual-biography of John and Jessie Fremont is getting good reviews. The NYT compares it to Candice Millard’s Destiny of the Republic. It’s next up on my reading pile.

  9. Ronald Park said:

    David Maraniss is writing a biography of Jim Thorpe with a release date TBD.

  10. I did not realize a new Henry Adams bio was forthcoming. It looks interesting.

    Robert Strauss is publishing a new book on John Marshall which is slated for a March 1, 2021 release. Based on Mr. Strauss’ prior work, it will be a readable Unger-like book.

  11. redskullduggery said:

    This could be good: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/1101946229?ref=em_1p_0_im&ref_=pe_2313400_568053690

    Upcoming biography of Robert E. Lee by Allen C. Guelzo.

  12. Johnny Hood said:

    Upcoming biography of George III by Andrew Roberts.

  13. Johnny Hood said:

    Upcoming biography of Lafayette by Mike Duncan. Release date August 24.

    Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution

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