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Artists, Writers, & Musicians

Nonfiction books about Artists, Writers, & Musicians. Includes artists, painters, art, performing arts, writers, writing, novelists, journalists, newspaper columnists, poets, musicians, and composers.

1791: Mozart’s Last Year
by H.C. Robbins Landon

All the President’s Men
by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

Becoming Jane Austen
by Jon Spence

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
by Anne Lamott

Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?
by James Shapiro

Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World
by Matthew Goodman

The Letters of Vincent van Gogh
edited by Mark Roskill

My Day: The Best of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Acclaimed Newspaper Columns, 1936-1962
by Eleanor Roosevelt, edited by David Emblidge

The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail: A Play
by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
by Stephen King

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the making of the Oxford English Dictionary
by Simon Winchester

Proust Was a Neuroscientist
by Jonah Lehrer

Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
by Nancy Milford

Shakespeare: The World as Stage
by Bill Bryson

The Shakespeare Wars: Clashing Scholars, Public Fiascoes, Palace Coups
by Ron Rosenbaum

Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
by Stephen Greenblatt