“There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.”
—Mark Twain

A Biography Collection is held in the Library’s Group Study Room.

 

 

Scope and Use of the Collection

Ƶ Library’s Biography Collection comprises significant biographies and autobiographies written about a wide range of subjects, from monarchs to musicians, writers to politicians.  It also includes exemplary and innovative works in the biography and memoirs genre.

The Collection is held on open access shelves in the Group Study Room, which is situated on the Lower Floor of the Library.  All items in the Biography Collection are borrowable.

The primary aim is to provide informative, accessible, and well-written books about important figures in history and of today for students’ leisure and pleasure reading, and of course for study purposes as well.  Other biographies (of which there are many) held in the Library primarily to support course-related reading are located within the main classified sequence of books beyond the Group Study Room.

 

Provide Feedback and Suggest New Resources

If you would like to make a comment about the Biography Collection, or you wish to suggest new biographies or autobiographies to be added to the Collection, you are invited to contact the Librarian.

 

Classification

Items in the Collection bear shelfmarks beginning BIO/.  They form part of the larger General Interest Collection located within the Group Study Room.  The listing below provides the subject (or subjects) of the biography, the shelfmark of the book, and its title.

 

Further Information

The Library’s copies of () and  () provide very useful and engaging guides to what autobiography and biography are and what they do.

The Library holds in the Group Study Room the 60-volume Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, for reference-use only (REF/DNB); this major biographical dictionary is  as well.

Other online resources available to Ƶ students and staff, which are useful in particular for quick-reference purposes, include:

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Chinua ACHEBE (Novelist) BIO/ACH/EZE
Fanny ADAMS (8-Year-Old Murder Victim, a.k.a. “Sweet Fanny Adams”) BIO/HUG
King ÆTHELRED II /Æ2/
Prince ALBERT (Prince Consort of Queen Victoria) BIO/ALB/WIL
ALEXANDER III of Macedon, ALEXANDER the Great BIO/ALE/NAI
Maya ANGELOU BIO/ANG
Queen ANNE BIO/ANN/HEW Anne: Last Queen of England [on order]
Queen ANNE BIO/ANN/SOM

Queen ANNE Boleyn (Queen Consort of King Henry VIII) BIO/ANN/IVE
Queen ANNE, of Cleves (Queen Consort of King Henry VIII) BIO/ANN/DAR

King ATHELSTAN BIO/ATH/HOL

AUNG SAN SUU KYI

BIO/AUN/ZOL

Jane AUSTEN BIO/AUS/TOM
Jane AUSTEN BIO/AUS/WOR
Jane AUSTEN BIO/AUS/SHO
BACH Family (German Family of Composers and Musicians) BIO/BAC/WOL
Johann Sebastian BACH BIO/BAC/WIL
Johann Sebastian BACH BIO/BAC/WIL
Roland BARTHES BIO/BAR/SAM
Béla BARTÓK BIO/BAR/COO

Jean-Dominique BAUBY (Journalist, Magazine Editor; Sufferer from “Locked-In Syndrome”) BIO/BAU
Simone de BEAUVOIR BIO/BEA/KIR
Saint Thomas BECKET BIO/BEC/GUY
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN BIO/BEE/SWA
Vanessa BELL (Painter and Interior Designer; Sister of Virginia Woolf) BIO/WOO/DUN
Saul BELLOW (Novelist and Short Story Writer) BIO/BEL/LEA
Saul BELLOW (Novelist and Short Story Writer) BIO/BEL/LEA
David BEN-GURION (Israel’s First Prime Minister) BIO/BEN/SHA
Alan BENNETT (Playwright, Screenwriter, and Actor) BIO/BEN
Irving BERLIN (Composer, Songwriter, Lyricist) BIO/BER/KAP
Isaiah BERLIN (Philosopher and Political Theorist) BIO/BER/DUB
Hector BERLIOZ (Composer) BIO/BER/CAI
Hector BERLIOZ (Composer) BIO/BER/CAI
Saint BERNARD of Clairvaux BIO/BER/McG
Leonard BERNSTEIN (Composer, Conductor, Pianist) BIO/BER/SHA
Anthony BLUNT (Spy and Art Historian) BIO/BLU/CAR
Eavan BOLAND (Poet) BIO/BOL
Jennifer Finney BOYLAN (Writer and Transgender Activist) BIO/BOY
Johannes BRAHMS BIO/BRA/SWA
Gyles BRANDRETH (Writer, Broadcaster, Entertainer) BIO/BRA
Gyles BRANDRETH (Writer, Broadcaster, Entertainer) BIO/BRA
Benjamin BRITTEN BIO/BRI/CAR
Benjamin BRITTEN BIO/BRI/KIL
Benjamin BRITTEN BIO/BRI/MAT
Anne BRONTË BIO/BRO/MIL

󲹰dzٳٱ&Բ;鰿Ë BIO/BRO/MIL
󲹰dzٳٱ&Բ;鰿Ë BIO/BRO/HAR
&Բ;鰿Ë BIO/BRO/MIL
Christy BROWN (Novelist and Poet) BIO/BRO
Gordon BROWN BIO/BRO
Tina BROWN (Magazine Editor) BIO/BRO
Elizabeth Barrett BROWNING BIO/BRO/SAM
Marcus BRUTUS (Late Roman Republic Senator; Assassin of Julius Caesar) BIO/BRU/TEM
Gautama BUDDHA BIO/BUD/ARM
Mikhail BULGAKOV (Novelist, Playwright, and Physician) BIO/BUL/CUR
Edmund BURKE (Politician and Author) BIO/BUR/NOR
Annabella Milbanke, Lady BYRON (Wife of Lord Byron) BIO/BYR/SEY
James CALLAGHAN BIO/DON
David CAMERON BIO/CAM
King CANUTE BIO/CNU/LAN
Stokely CARMICHAEL (a.k.a. Kwame Ture) (Civil Rights Activist and US Black Nationalism Leader) BIO/CAR/JOS
Lewis CARROLL  BIO/CAR/COH
Angela CARTER (Novelist and Short Story Writer) BIO/CAR/GOR
Jimmy CARTER BIO/CAR
Queen CATHARINE Parr (Queen Consort of King Henry VIII) BIO/CAT/JAM

Queen CATHERINE Howard (Queen Consort of King Henry VIII) BIO/CAT/RUS

Queen CATHERINE, of Aragon (Queen Consort of King Henry VIII) BIO/CAT/TRE
Empress CATHERINE II of Russia, CATHERINE the Great BIO/CAT2/MAS
Queen CATHERINE DE MEDICI BIO/CAT/FRI
Aimé CÉSAIRE (Poet, Author, Politician) BIO/CES/TOU
Joseph CHAMBERLAIN BIO/CHAM/MAR
Annie CHAPMAN (Murder Victim of “Jack the Ripper”) BIO/RUB
Emperor CHARLEMAGNE BIO/CHA/NEL
King CHARLES I BIO/CHA1/De L

King CHARLES II BIO/CHA2/JAC
Emperor CHARLES V, Holy Roman Emperor BIO/CHA5/PAR
Prince CHARLES EDWARD STUART (Grandson of King James II, a.k.a. “Bonnie Prince Charlie” and “The Young Pretender”) BIO/CHA/DAI
Queen CHARLOTTE, Consort of George III BIO/GEO3/HAD
Geoffrey CHAUCER BIO/CHA/TUR
Frédéric CHOPIN BIO/CHO/WAL
Sir Winston CHURCHILL BIO/CHU/BES
Sir Winston CHURCHILL BIO/CHU/ROB
CLEOPATRA, Queen of Egypt BIO/CLE/SCH
King CNUT BIO/CNU/BOL
Jean COCTEAU BIO/COC/ARN
Samuel Taylor COLERIDGE BIO/COL/ASH
COLLABORATORS (Second World War) BIO/IRE
Michael COLLINS (Irish Revolutionary and Political Leader) BIO/COL/COO
Christopher COLUMBUS (Cristoforo COLOMBO) BIO/COL/BER
Ferdinand COLUMBUS (Hernando COLÓN) (Book Collector; Son of Christopher Columbus) BIO/COL/WIL
Fanny CORNFORTH (Artist’s Model of Dante Gabriel Rossetti) BIO/HUG
Thomas CRANMER, Archbishop of Canterbury BIO/CRA/MacC
Oliver CROMWELL BIO/CRO/FRA
Oliver CROMWELL BIO/CRO/HOR
Thomas CROMWELL, Earl of Essex BIO/CRO/MacC
Marie CURIE BIO/CUR/QUI
Rachel CUSK (Novelist and Writer) BIO/CUS
Roald DAHL BIO/DAH/DEN
DANTE Alighieri BIO/DAN/REY
Henry Stuart, Duke of Albany, Lord DARNLEY (King Consort of Mary, Queen of Scots) BIO/DAR/BIN
Charles DARWIN BIO/DAR/KEY
Charles DARWIN BIO/ASH
Charles DARWIN BIO/HUG
Alphonse DAUDET (Novelist) BIO/DAU
Claude DEBUSSY BIO/DEB/WAL
Daniel DEFOE BIO/DEF/NOV
Charles DE GAULLE BIO/DeG/JAC
Lien DE JONG (Dutch Jewish Girl; Second World War Survivor) BIO/DEJ/VAN
Thomas DE QUINCEY (Essayist and Journalist) BIO/De Q/WIL
Charles DICKENS BIO/DIC/TOM
Charles DICKENS BIO/DIC/WIL
Charles DICKENS BIO/ASH
Denis DIDEROT BIO/DID/CUR
Jenny DISKI (Writer) BIO/DIS
Benjamin DISRAELI BIO/ASH
John DONNE BIO/DON/RUN
Frederick DOUGLASS (Abolitionist, Suffragist, Social Reformer) BIO/DOU/BLI
Frederick DOUGLASS (Abolitionist, Suffragist, Social Reformer) BIO/DOU

Lawrence DURRELL (Novelist and Writer) BIO/DUR/MacN
Catherine EDDOWES (Murder Victim of “Jack the Ripper”) BIO/RUB
King EDWARD the Confessor BIO/EDW/WOO
King EDWARD I BIO/EDW1/MOR
King EDWARD I BIO/EDW1/KIN
King EDWARD II BIO/EDW2/PHI
King EDWARD II BIO/EDW2/GIV
King EDWARD III BIO/EDW3/SUM
King EDWARD IV BIO/EDW4/POL
King EDWARD V BIO/EDW5/HIC
King EDWARD VI BIO/EDW6/ALF
King EDWARD VII BIO/EDW7/RID
King EDWARD VII BIO/EDW7/DAV
King EDWARD VIII BIO/EDW8/BRE
Albert EINSTEIN BIO/EIN/FOL
Albert EINSTEIN BIO/EIN/GIM
Albert EINSTEIN BIO/EIN/GRA
Queen ELEANOR of Aquitaine (Queen Consort of King Henry II) BIO/ELE/TUR
George ELIOT BIO/ELI/DAV
George ELIOT BIO/HUG
T. S. ELIOT BIO/ELI/CRA
T. S. ELIOT BIO/ELI/GOR
T. S. ELIOT BIO/ELI/RAI
Queen ELIZABETH I BIO/ELI1/CAS
Queen ELIZABETH I BIO/ELI1/GUY
Queen ELIZABETH I BIO/ELI1/HIB
Queen ELIZABETH II BIO/ELI2/HUR
Queen ELIZABETH II BIO/ELI2/HAR
Duke ELLINGTON (Jazz musician and composer) BIO/ELL
Desiderius ERASMUS BIO/ERA/MAS

Manuel de FALLA (Composer) BIO/FAL/HES

Frantz FANON (Philosopher, Psychiatrist, Writer) BIO/FAN/MAC
Roopa FAROOKI (Author and Medical Doctor) BIO/FAR

Patrick Leigh FERMOR (Travel Writer) BIO/FER/SIS
F. Scott FITZGERALD BIO/FIT/BRO
Penelope FITZGERALD (Novelist, Biographer, Writer) BIO/FIT/LEE
Gustave FLAUBERT BIO/FLA/WIN
FONG Chong Pik (Political Activist) BIO/FAN
E. M. FORSTER BIO/FOR/MOF
John FOWLES BIO/FOW/WAR
Benjamin FRANKLIN BIO/FRA/ISA
Lady Antonia FRASER (Biographer and Historian) BIO/FRA
King FREDERICK II of Prussia, FREDERICK the Great  BIO/FRE/BLA
Lucian FREUD BIO/FRE/FEA
Roger FRY (Painter, Art Historian, and Critic) BIO/FRY/WOO
Thomas GAINSBOROUGH BIO/GAI/HAM
Mahatma GANDHI BIO/GAN

GENGHIS Khan, First Khagan of the Mongol Empire BIO/GEN/WEA
Artemisia GENTILESCHI (Painter) BIO/GEN/JON
King GEORGE I BIO/GEO1/BLA
King GEORGE II BIO/GEO2/THO
King GEORGE III BIO/GEO3/BLA
King GEORGE III BIO/GEO3/ROB
King GEORGE III BIO/GEO3/HAD
King GEORGE IV BIO/GEO4/HIB
King GEORGE V BIO/GEO5/CAN
King GEORGE VI BIO/GEO6/ZIE
Alberto GIACOMETTI BIO/GIA/PEP
William GILBERT (Physicist) BIO/GIL/PUM
Sir John GIELGUD (Actor) BIO/GIE/MOR
Dizzy GILLESPIE (Jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer) BIO/GIL
Haben GIRMA (Disability Rights Advocate; First Deafblind Graduate of Harvard Law School) BIO/GIR
GOH Chok Tong (Singapore’s Second Prime Minister) BIO/GOH/PEH
Adam GOPNIK (Writer) BIO/GOP
Glenn GOULD (Pianist) BIO/GOU/OST
Colin GRANT BIO/GRA
Graham GREENE BIO/GRE/GRE
Lady Jane GREY BIO/GRE/IVE
Lady Jane GREY BIO/GRE/DE L
Jo GRIMOND, Baron GRIMOND (Leader of the Liberal Party) BIO/GRI/McM
Ivor GURNEY (Composer and Poet) BIO/GUR/KEN
Richard Burdon HALDANE, 1st Viscount HALDANE  (Politician and Philosopher) BIO/HAL/CAM
Brenda HALE, Baroness Hale of Richmond (Judge and Law Lord) BIO/HAL
Stuart HALL (Sociologist, Cultural Theorist, and Political Activist) BIO/HAL
Edmond HALLEY (Astronomer) BIO/HAL/COO

George Frideric HANDEL

BIO/HAN/HUN
Thomas HARDY BIO/HAR/TOM
Thomas HARRIOT (Mathematician and Astronomer) BIO/HAR/ARI
L. P. HARTLEY (Novelist and Short-Story Writer) BIO/BAR/WRI
Lady Flora HASTINGS (Lady-in-Waiting to the Duchess of Kent; Victim of Scandal) BIO/HUG
Joseph HAYDN BIO/HAY/WYN
Shirley HAZZARD (Writer) BIO/HAZ/OLU
Prince HENRY FREDERICK STUART, Prince of Wales BIO/HEN/FRA
King HENRY I BIO/HEN1/KIN
King HENRY II BIO/HEN2/BAR
King HENRY III BIO/HEN3/CHU
King HENRY IV BIO/HEN4/MOR
King HENRY V BIO/HEN5/DOC
King HENRY V BIO/HEN5/MAT
King HENRY V BIO/HEN5/SEW
King HENRY V BIO/HEN5/CUR
King HENRY V BIO/HEN5/VAL
King HENRY VI BIO/HEN6/ROS
King HENRY VII BIO/HEN7/PEN

King HENRY VIII BIO/HEN8/WOO
King HENRY VIII BIO/HEN8/GUY
King HENRY VIII BIO/HEN8/STA
Katherine Seymour, Countess of HERTFORD (a.k.a. Lady Katherine Grey) BIO/GRE/DE L
Nicholas HILLIARD (Elizabethan Painter of Portrait Miniatures) BIO/HIL/GOL
Adolf HITLER BIO/HIT/LON
Adolf HITLER BIO/HIT/ULL
Adolf HITLER BIO/HIT/ULL
Dorothy HODGKIN BIO/HOD/FER
Hans HOLBEIN BIO/HOL/MOY
Billie HOLIDAY BIO/HOL
Imogen HOLST (Composer and Musician) BIO/HOL/GRO
Robert HOOKE (Natural Philosopher) BIO/HOO/JAR
Gerard Manley HOPKINS BIO/HOP/MAR
A. E. HOUSMAN (Poet and Classicist) BIO/HOU/VIN
Geoffrey HOWE, Baron HOWE of Aberavon BIO/HOW
Ted HUGHES BIO/HUG/BAT
Victor HUGO BIO/HUG/ROB
Leigh HUNT (Poet, Journalist, and Literary Critic) BIO/HUN/ROE
Henrik IBSEN BIO/IBS/FIG
Queen ISABELLA I of Spain BIO/ISA1/TRE
King JAMES I BIO/JAM1/COG
King JAMES II BIO/JAM2/WOM
Kay Redfield JAMISON (Clinical Psychologist; Manic Depressive) BIO/JAM
Leoš JANÁČEK (Composer) BIO/JAN/VOG
Queen JANE Seymour (Queen Consort of King Henry VIII) BIO/JAN/LOA
Roy JENKINS (Politician; Chancellor of the University of Oxford) BIO/JEN/CAM
JESUS Christ BIO/JES/BEN
JESUS Christ BIO/JES/BEN
JESUS Christ BIO/JES/BEN
Saint JOAN of Arc BIO/AUS/SHO
Elton JOHN BIO/JOH
King JOHN BIO/JOH/VIN
King JOHN BIO/JOH/MOR
Pope JOHN PAUL II BIO/JOH/WEI
Rachel JOHNSON (Journalist and Author) BIO/JOH
David JONES BIO/JON/DIL
Scott JOPLIN (Composer) BIO/JOP/BER
Emperor JUSTINIAN I BIO/JUS/SAR
Franz KAFKA BIO/KAF/BRO
Franz KAFKA BIO/KAF/ALT
Frida KAHLO BIO/KAH/JUD
Frida KAHLO BIO/KAH/HER
John KEATS BIO/KEA/ROE

Søren KIERKEGAARD

BIO/KIE/CAR
Rudyard KIPLING BIO/KIP/BUB
Molly KEANE (Novelist) BIO/KEA/PHI
Mary KELLY (Murder Victim of “Jack the Ripper”) BIO/RUB
John F. KENNEDY BIO/KEN/LOG
John F. KENNEDY BIO/KEN/DAL
Lady Mary Grey KEYS (a.k.a. Lady Mary Grey) BIO/GRE/DE L
Martin Luther KING, Jr. BIO/KIN/GAR

Maxwell KNIGHT BIO/KNI/HEM
Letitia Elizabeth LANDON (a.k.a. “L.E.L.”) (Poet and Novelist) BIO/LAN/MIL
D. H. LAWRENCE BIO/LAW/WIL
D. H. LAWRENCE BIO/LAW/CHA
D. H. LAWRENCE BIO/LAW/WOR
Edward LEAR BIO/LEA/UGL
LEE Kuan Yew (Singapore’s First Prime Minister) BIO/LEE/MIN
Laurie LEE BIO/LEE/GRO
Vladimir LENIN BIO/LEN/SER
John LENNON BIO/LEN/NOR
LEONARDO da Vinci BIO/LEO/ISA
Deborah LEVY (Novelist, Playwright, Poet) BIO/LEV
Deborah LEVY (Novelist, Playwright, Poet) BIO/LEV
LIN Chin Joo (Political Detainee) BIO/LIN
Franz LISZT BIO/LIS/HIL
Alain LOCKE (Philosopher, Writer, Intellectual; Leader of the Harlem Renaissance Movement) BIO/LOC/STE
Audre LORDE (Poet, Librarian, and Civil Activist) BIO/LOR
King LOUIS XIV of France BIO/LOU14/MAN
King LOUIS XIV of France BIO/LOU14/MIT
King LOUIS XVI of France BIO/LOU16/HAR
Toussaint LOUVERTURE (Leader of the Haitian Revolution) BIO/LOU/HAZ
Ada King, Countess of LOVELACE (Mathematician; Daughter of Lord Byron) BIO/BYR/SEY
Robert LOWELL BIO/LOW
Martin LUTHER BIO/ERA/MAS
Ferdinand MAGELLAN BIO/MAG/FER
Najīb MAHFŪZ (Novelist, Short-Story Writer, Film Script Writer, Dramatist) BIO/MAH/EL-E
Gustav MAHLER BIO/MAH/FIS
John MAJOR BIO/MAJ
Nelson MANDELA BIO/MAN/SAM
Nelson MANDELA BIO/MAN/HAI
Queen MARIE ANTOINETTE of France (Queen Consort of King Louis XVI) BIO/MAR/HAR
Sarah Jennings Churchill, Duchess of MARLBOROUGH (Favourite of Queen Anne) BIO/MAR/HAR
Christopher MARLOWE (Playwright) BIO/MAR/HON
Henry MARSH (Neurosurgeon) BIO/MAR
William MARSHAL, First Earl of Pembroke BIO/MAR/ASB
Karl MARX BIO/MAR/AVI
MARY, Queen of Scots BIO/MAR/FRA
Queen MARY I BIO/MAR1/EDW
Queen MARY I BIO/MAR1/WHI
Queen MARY II BIO/WIL3/KEA
Empress MATILDA (Queen Consort of: (i) Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor, (ii) Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou; Mother of King Henry II) BIO/MAT/HAN
King MATTHIAS I of Hungary, MATTHIAS Corvinus BIO/MAT/TAN
Golda MEIR (Prime Minister of Israel) BIO/MEI/BUR
Fanny MENDELSSOHN (Composer and Pianist; Sister of Felix Mendelssohn) BIO/MEN/TIL
Fanny MENDELSSOHN (Composer and Pianist; Sister of Felix Mendelssohn) BIO/MEN/TOD
Freddie MERCURY BIO/MER/JON
Olivier MESSIAEN BIO/MES/DIN
Clemens von METTERNICH (Diplomat and Politician) BIO/MET/SIE
Harvey MILK (United States Politician) BIO/MIL/FAD
Arthur MILLER  BIO/MIL/LAH
Karl MILLER (Literary Editor) BIO/MIL
John MILTON BIO/MIL/LEW
Michel de MONTAIGNE (Philosopher) BIO/MON/DES

Simon de MONTFORT, Sixth Earl of Leicester

BIO/MON/AMB
MOSES BIO/MOS/ZOR
Edwina MOUNTBATTEN, Countess MOUNTBATTEN of Burma BIO/MOU/LOW
Louis MOUNTBATTEN, First Earl MOUNTBATTEN of Burma BIO/MOU/LOW
Anna Maria MOZART (Mother of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) BIO/MOZ/HAL
Leopold MOZART (Composer; Father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) BIO/MOZ/HAL
Maria Anna “Nannerl” MOZART (Musician; Sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) BIO/MOZ/HAL
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART BIO/MOZ/HAL
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART BIO/MOZ/JOH
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART BIO/MOZ/SWA
Prophet MUHAMMAD BIO/MUH/ARM
Edvard MUNCH BIO/MUN/PRI
Iris MURDOCH BIO/MUR/BAY
Elon MUSK BIO/MUS/ISA
V. S. NAIPAUL BIO/NAI
Dadabhai NAOROJI (Politician) BIO/NAO/PAT
NAPOLEON I, Emperor of the French BIO/NAP/ROB
John Forbes NASH, Jr. (Mathematician) BIO/NAS/NAS
Saint John Henry NEWMAN BIO/NEW/DUF
Sir Isaac NEWTON BIO/NEW/GUI
NGŨGĨ wa Thiongʼo (Novelist, Dramatist, Writer; Academic)
Mary Ann NICHOLS (Murder Victim of “Jack the Ripper”) BIO/RUB
NICO (Christa Päffgen) (Singer-Songwriter and Model) BIO/NIC/WIT
Christopher NOLAN (Poet, Memoirist, Novelist) BIO/NOL
Lord Henry Howard, Earl of NORTHAMPTON (Elizabethan and Jacobean Courtier; Lord Privy Seal) BIO/NOR/
Alfred Harmsworth, Viscount NORTHCLIFFE BIO/NOR/ROB
Rudolf NUREYEV (Ballet Dancer) BIO/NUR/KAV
Barack OBAMA BIO/OBA
Wilfred OWEN BIO/OWE/STA
Giovanni PACINI (Opera Composer) BIO/PAC
Dame Christabel PANKHURST BIO/PAN/PUR
Emmeline PANKHURST BIO/PAN/PUR
Martha PARKER (Filmmaker) BIO/GOP
Charles Stewart PARNELL (Politician) BIO/PAR/BEW
Saint PAUL BIO/PAU/WRI
Robert PEEL BIO/PEE/HUR
Samuel PEPYS (Diarist; Chief Secretary to the Admiralty; Book Collector) BIO/PEP/TOM
Max Ferdinand PERUTZ (Molecular Biologist and Biochemist; Nobel Prize Winner) BIO/PER/FER
PETER the Great, Emperor of Russia BIO/PET/MAS
Ludmilla PETRUSHEVSKAYA (Novelist and Playwright) BIO/PET
Nikolaus PEVSNER (Art and Architecture Historian) BIO/PEV/HAR
King PHILIP II of Spain BIO/PHI2/PAR
Witold PILECKI (Polish Resistance Leader and Intelligence Agent) BIO/PIL/FAI
William PITT BIO/PIT/HAG
Cardinal Reginald POLE (Archbishop of Canterbury) BIO/POL/EDW
Cardinal Reginald POLE (Archbishop of Canterbury) BIO/POL/CIP

Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de POMPADOUR (a.k.a. “Madame de POMPADOUR”) (Chief Mistress, îٰ--پٰ, of Louis XV, King of France)
BIO/POM/MIT
Anna Maria PORTER (Novelist) BIO/POR/LOO
Cole PORTER (Composer and Songwriter) BIO/POR/McB
Jane PORTER (Novelist) BIO/POR/LOO
Dennis POTTER (Playwright and Screenwriter) BIO/POT/CAR
Francis POULENC (Composer) BIO/POU/SCH
Francis POULENC (Composer) BIO/POU/NIC
Anthony POWELL (Novelist) BIO/POW/SPU
Barbara PYM BIO/PYM/BYR
Maurice RAVEL BIO/RAV/NIC
Jimmy REID (Trade Union Activist and Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Work-In Leader) BIO/REI
Jean RHYS (Novelist) BIO/RHY/SEY
King RICHARD I (a.k.a. RICHARD the Lionheart) BIO/RIC1/ASB
King RICHARD II BIO/RIC2/ASH
King RICHARD III BIO/RIC3/SKI
King RICHARD III BIO/RIC3/HIC
John Wilmot, Earl of ROCHESTER (Poet and Courtier) BIO/ROC/LAM
House of ROMANOV, Royal House of Russia BIO/ROM/SEB
Christina ROSSETTI BIO/ROS/MAS
SACKVILLE Family (Owners of Knole, a country house in Sevenoaks, inhabited by a succession of Earls of Dorset, Dukes of Dorset, and Barons Sackville) BIO/SAC
Vita SACKVILLE-WEST, Lady Nicolson (Writer and Garden Designer) BIO/SAC/GLE
Camille SAINT-SAËNS BIO/SAI/REE
Margaret Pole, Countess of SALISBURY BIO/SAL/PIE

Charlotte SALOMON (Artist) BIO/SAL/FEL
Sathnam SANGHERA (Journalist) BIO/SAN
Nathalie SARRAUTE (Novelist; Lawyer) BIO/SAR/JEF
José SARRIA (Social Activist; Drag Queen) BIO/SAR/GOR
Siegfried SASSOON BIO/SAS/EGR
Alessandro SCARLATTI (Composer; Father of Domenico Scarlatti) BIO/SCA/PAG
Domenico SCARLATTI (Composer) BIO/SCA/PAG
Arnold SCHOENBERG BIO/SCH/BER
Clara SCHUMANN BIO/SCH/REI
Robert SCHUMANN BIO/SCH/CHE
Sir Walter SCOTT BIO/SCO/SUT
Alexander SCRIABIN (Composer and Pianist) BIO/SCR/BOW
Elif SHAFAK (Novelist) BIO/SHA
William SHAKESPEARE BIO/SHA/GRE
William SHAKESPEARE BIO/SHA/ACK
William SHAKESPEARE BIO/SHA/TOS
Mary SHELLEY BIO/AUS/SHO
Mary SHELLEY BIO/SHE/SEY
Mary SHELLEY BIO/WOL/GOR
Richard Brinsley SHERIDAN (Playwright and Politician) BIO/SHE/KEL
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH BIO/SHO/FAI
Jean SIBELIUS BIO/SIB/MAK
Nina SIMONE (Singer, Songwriter and Pianist; Civil Rights Activist) BIO/SIM
Sir Hans SLOANE (British Museum Founding Collector; Physician) BIO/SLO/DEL
Edward SNOWDEN BIO/SNO
SOCRATES //’A
Stephen SPENDER BIO/SPE/SUT
Josef STALIN BIO/STA/KHL
King STEPHEN BIO/STE/WAT
Sir Leslie STEPHEN (Literary Critic) BIO/STE
Tom STOPPARD BIO/STO/LEE
Elizabeth STRIDE (Murder Victim of “Jack the Ripper”) BIO/RUB
Sir Arthur SULLIVAN (Composer) BIO/SUL/BRA

Jonathan SWIFT BIO/SWI/STU
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY BIO/TCH/HOL
Corrie TEN BOOM (Watchmaker; Dutch Resistance Worker and Concentration Camp Survivor) BIO/TEN

Giusto Ferdinando TENDUCCI (Castrato Opera Singer)

BIO/TEN/BER
Jeremy THORPE BIO/THO/BLO
Edward THURLOW, 1st Baron THURLOW (Politician and Lord Chancellor) BIO/THU/GIL
Michael TIPPETT (Composer) BIO/TIP/SOD
J. R .R. TOLKIEN BIO/TOL/CAR
Leo TOLSTOY BIO/TOL/ZOR
Claire TOMALIN (Biographer) BIO/TOM
Leon TROTSKY BIO/TRO/SER
Mark TWAIN BIO/TWA/POW
Max Wolf VALERIO (Poet and Memoirist) BIO/VAL
Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS BIO/VAU/ALL
Giuseppe VERDI BIO/VER/PHI
Vespasiano DA BISTiCCI BIO/VES/KIN
Queen VICTORIA BIO/VIC/LED
Queen VICTORIA BIO/VIC/WIL
Queen VICTORIA BIO/VIC/RID
Antonio VIVALDI BIO/VIV/HEL
Swami VIVEKANANDA BIO/VIV/HAR
Richard WAGNER BIO/WAG/GEC
Richard WAGNER /´/Ö
Dilly WALTER BIO/WAL
Richard Neville, Earl of WARWICK BIO/WAR/HIC
George WASHINGTON BIO/WAS/RHO
Evelyn WAUGH BIO/WAU/EAD
Evelyn WAUGH BIO/WAU/HAS
William WESTON (Jesuit Missionary Priest) BIO/WES
Edmund WHITE (Novelist, Memoirist, Biographer) BIO/WHI
Mary WHITEHOUSE (Media Critic and Social Activist; Founder of the National Viewers’ and  Listeners’ Association) BIO/WHI
William WILBERFORCE BIO/WIL/HAG
Oscar WILDE BIO/WIL/MEN
Oscar WILDE BIO/WIL/STU
Oscar WILDE BIO/WIL/FRA
Isambard WILKINSON (Traveller in Pakistan) BIO/WIL
King WILLIAM I BIO/WIL1/MOR
King WILLIAM II, WILLIAM Rufus BIO/WIL2/MAS
King WILLIAM II, WILLIAM Rufus BIO/WIL2/GIL
King WILLIAM III BIO/WIL3/KEA
King WILLIAM IV BIO/WIL4/KNI
Harold WILSON BIO/DON
Wallis Simpson, Duchess of WINDSOR BIO/WIN/PAS
Mary WOLLSTONECRAFT BIO/WOL/GOR
Mary WOLLSTONECRAFT BIO/WOL/TOM
Albert WOODFOX (Solitary Confinement Prison Inmate; one of the “Angola Three”) BIO/WOO
Virginia WOOLF BIO/WOO/DUN
William WORDSWORTH BIO/WOR/WOR
William WORDSWORTH BIO/WOR/BAT
Elizabeth WURTZEL (Journalist and Writer) BIO/WUR
Sir Thomas WYATT BIO/WYA/BRI
Malcolm X BIO/X
W. B. YEATS BIO/KIP/BUB
Lady Cecily Neville, Duchess of YORK BIO/YOR/LAY
Benjamin ZEPHANIAH BIO/ZEP
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