RODDMAN'S 
GREAT AND SIGNIFICANT BOOKS 
IN 
BIOGRAPHY AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY
          RICHARD HENRY DANA
ANNE FRANK                   

Good Reading began puplication in 1947 and in 1990 issued the 23rd edition of the work. The purpose of Good Reading: is "to lead an increasing number of people to savor the great or significant books, both those that strive to light the dark places in our understanding of our complex world and our equally complex selves, and those that aim simply to delight." The following list of books in biography and autobiography is from Good Reading: A Guide for Serious Readers (22nd ed., 1985) and was compiled by Philip Roddman of Pratt Institute.

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James Ackerman Palladio. 1966
Henry Adams The Education of Henry Adams. 1905
Gay Wilson Allen The Solitary Singer. 1955 (Walt Whitman)
Gay Wilson Allen Waldo Emerson. 1981
Angus Armitage TheWorld of Copernicus. 1947
John James Audubon The Eighteen Twenty-Six Journal. 1967
Carlos Baker Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story. 1969
Imamu Amiri Baraka The Autobiography of LeRoi Jones. 1984
Simone de Beauvoir All Said and Done. 1974 (Beauvoir)
Quentin Bell Virginia Woolf. 1972
Isaiah Berlin Karl Marx. 4th ed. 1978
Hector Berlioz Memoirs of Hector Berlioz. 1969
Robert Blake Disraeli. 1966
Joseph Leo Blotner Faulkner. 1974
Catherine Drinker Bowen Yankee from Olympus. 1944 (Oliver Wendell Holmes)
Gilbert Keith Chesterton Saint Thomas Aquinas. 1933
Eve Curie Madame Curie. 1937
David Daiches Moses. 1975
Richard Henry Dana Two Years Before the Mast. 1840 (Dana)
Charles Darwin The Voyage of the Beagle. 1840
Eugene Delacroix Journals. Repr. 1969
Thomas De Quincey Confessions of an English Opium Eater. 1822
William Edward B. Du Bois Autobiography. 1968
Leon Edel Henry James. 5 vols. 1953-72
Anne Frank Diary of a Young Girl. 1952
Philipp Frank Einstein. 1947
Douglas Southall Freeman R.E. Lee. 1935
Richard henry Goldstone Thornton Wilder. 1975
Shirley Graham & George Lipscomb Dr. George Washington Carver. 1944
Robert Gutman Richard Wagner. 1968
Dag Hammarskjold Markings. 1964 (Hammarskjold)
Charles Hession John Maynard Keynes. 1984
Charles Higham The Adventures of Conan Doyle. 1976
Wolfgang Hildesheimer Mozart. 1977
Andrew Hodges Alan Turing: The Enigma. 1983
William Innes Homer Alfred Stieglitz and the American Avant-Garde. 1977
Jane Howard Margaret Mead. 1984
John Dixon Hunt The Wider Sea: A Life of John Ruskin. 1982
Christopher Isherwood Christopher and His Kind. 1976
Pope John XXIII Jounal of a Soul. 1963
Edgar Johnson Charles Dickens. 1952
Ernest Jones The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud. 1953-57
Justin Kaplan Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain. 1966
Frederick Robert Karl Joseph Conrad: The Three Lives. 1979
Helen Keller The Story of My Life. 1903
Coretta Scott King My Life With Martin Luther Kink, Jr.
Paul Klee The Diaries of Paul Klee. 1964
Gilbert Lely Marquis de Sade. 1962
Julien Levy Memoir of an Art Gallery, 1977
F.S.L. Lyons Charles Stewart Parnell. 1977
Salvador De Madariaga Christopher Columbus. 1967
Malcolm X The Autobiography of Malcolm X. 1964
Leslie Marchand Byron. 1957
Andre Maurois Lelia: The Life of George Sand. 1977
Andre Maurois Prometheus: The Life of Balzac. 1966
Ved Mehta Mahatma Gandhi and His Apostles. 1976
Thomas Merton The Seven Story Mountain. 1948
John Stewart Mill Autobiography. 1873
Edwin H. Miller Melville. 1975
Arthur Mizener The Far Side of Paradise. 1951 (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Ruth E. Moore Niels Bohr. 1966
Charles H. Morgan The Life of Michelangelo. 1960
K.M. Elisabeth Murray Caught in the Web of Words. 1977 (James Augustus Henry Murray)
Vladimir Nabokov Speak, Memory. 1966
John Henry Newman Apologia pro Vita Sua. 1864
George Painter Marcel Proust. 1959-65
Ernst Pawel The Nightmare of Reason: A Life of Franz Kafka. 1984
Roland Penrose Picasso: His Life and Work. 1981
Regine Pernoud Joan of Arc. 1969
Simone Petrement Simone Weil. 1976
Jacob Riis The Making of an American. 1901
Maxine Rodinson Muhammad. 1971
Ernest Samuels Bernard Berenson: The Making of a Connoisseur. 1979
George Santayana Persons and Places. 1944-53
S. Schoenbaum William Shakespeare: A Documentary Life. 1975
Albert Schweitzer Out of My Life and Thought. 1933
Louis Sheaffer O'Neill: Son and Playwright.1968
Maynard Solomon Beethoven. 1977
Francis Steegmuller Cocteau. 1970
Lincoln Steffens Autobiography. 1931
Gertrude Stein The Autobiography of Alice B. Tokas. 1933
Lytton Strachey Queen Victoria. 1921
W.A. Swanberg Norman Thomas: The Last Idealist. 1976
Lawrence Thompson Robert Frost. 1976-77
Henry David Thoreau Walden. 1854
Leon Trosky Lenin: Notes for a Biography. 1925
Henri Troyat Tolstoy. 1967
Vincent Van Gogh Dear Theo. 1937
Aileen Ward John Keats. 1963
Booker T. Washington Up From Slavery. 1901
Joseph Wechsberg Verdi. 1974
Edmund Wilson The Twenties. 1976
Frank Lloyd Wright Autobiography. 1943
Richard Wright Black Boy. 1945
William Butler Yeats Autobiography. 1936

 
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