* Upcoming Releases *

Notable upcoming biographies are shown below (recent changes in bold).  An exhaustive list focused on U.S. Presidents can be found here.
This list was updated October 21, 2020.

Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor: A Life by David Michaelis
Oct 6
Stalin Stalin: Passage to Revolution by Ronald Suny
Oct 6
James Beard The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard by John Birdsall Oct 9
Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon: The Measure of Excess by Yves Peyre Oct 12
John McCain
The Luckiest Man: Life with John McCain by Mark Salter
Oct 13
John Steinbeck
Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck by William Souder Oct 13
Cary Grant Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise by Scott Eyman
Oct 20
John Milton Poet of Revolution: The Making of John Milton by Nicholas McDowell
Oct 20
Madame de Maintenon Queen of Versailles: Madame de Maintenon, First Lady of Louis XIV’s France by Mark Bryant
Oct 22
Mario Cuomo Mario Cuomo: The Myth and the Man by George Marlin
Oct 23
Tecumseh Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Shawnee Brothers Who Defied a Nation by Peter Cozzens Oct 27
Sylvia Plath
Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark Oct 27
Malcolm X
The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les & Tamara Payne Oct 27
Edward Kennedy
Catching the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Liberal Hour by Neal Gabler Oct 27
James A. Baker III Texas Titans: George H.W. Bush and James A. Baker III: A Friendship Forged in Power by Charles Denyer Nov 17
General Custer Ambitious Honor: George Armstrong Custer’s Life of Service and Lust for Fame by James Mueller Nov 19
René Magritte Magritte: A Life by Alexander Danchev Nov 2
Henry Adams
The Last American Aristocrat: The Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry Adams by David S. Brown Nov 24
William & Oveta Hobby The Governor and the Colonel: A Dual Biography of William P. Hobby and Oveta Culp Hobby by Don Carleton Dec 2
Mozart Mozart: The Reign of Love by Jan Swafford Dec 8
Eliza Pratt Greatorex Restless Enterprise: The Art and Life of Eliza Pratt Greatorex by Katherine Manthorne Dec 15
Pope Benedict Benedict XVI: The Biography: Volume One by Peter Seewald Dec 15
Sylvia Pankhurst Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel by Rachel Holmes Dec 15
Herman Melville
Herman Melville: A Half-Known Life by John Bryant Dec 21
Lucian Freud
The Lives of Lucian Freud: Fame, 1968-2011 by William Feaver Jan 19,2021
Ida Wells
Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells by Michelle Duster Jan 26, 2021
John Calhoun
Calhoun: American Heretic by Robert Elder Feb 16, 2021
Stan Lee
True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee by Abraham Riesman Feb 16, 2021
John Marshall
John Marshall: The Final Founder by Robert Strauss Mar 1, 2021
Francis Bacon Francis Bacon: Revelations by Mark Stevens Mar 2, 2021
Lady Bird Johnson Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight by Julia Sweig Mar 16, 2021
Nancy Pelosi
Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power by Susan Page Apr 6, 2021
Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron: A Life by Kristin Marguerite Doidge Apr 17, 2021
Jim Thorpe [Currently untitled] by David Maraniss tbd
Mark Twain [Currently untitled] by Ron Chernow tbd
John Lewis [Currently untitled] by David Greenberg tbd
James Weldon Johnson [Currently untitled] by David W. Blight
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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20 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.

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