From Rudyard Kipling to James Joyce, Emily Brontk to Vernon Lee and Henry James to Joseph Conrad, Written Lives throws a new and fascinating light upon these well-known literary figures.Inspired to revisit the lives of some of the world's most eminent writers of all time, looking at them through some peculiar detail of their lives, Javier Marmas provides a lively and illuminating insight into personalities we thought we knew everything about.The idea was to treat these well known literary figures as if they were fictional characters, which may well be how all writers, whether famous or obscure, would secretly like to be treated.Told with affection and humour, these brief 'written lives' throw a refreshing, and very human, light on authors too often enshrined, or entombed, within the halo of artistic sainthood.
Javier Marias is the author of nine novels, two collections of short stories and seven collections of essays. Several of his books have been translated into English, including Dark Back of Time, Your Face Tomorrow, All Souls and A Heart So White (winner of the prestigious IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award). He has also translated many of the English classics into Spanish, including Conrad, Stevenson, Hardy, Yeats, Auden and Sterne. He lives in Madrid.