I am researching/planning a biography that I'd like to write, more along the lines of a fictionalized bio or biographical novel... particularly since there isn't a lot of research out there on my subject.
One of my favourite books along this genre was Brian Hall's "Fall of Frost," on Robert Frost... he also wrote "I Should Be Extremely Happy In Your Company," about the Lewis and Clark expedition, but I got bored by that.
I haven't encountered that many other good biographical novels, but would like to read more. Any recommendations?
I don't know if these would count, but there are two about Frank Lloyd Wright's, uhm, affairs: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan and The Women by T.C. Boyle. Boyle also wrote another book with biographical tendencies, called The Inner Circle - involving Alfred Kinsey.
Chang and Eng by Darin Strauss is about the conjoined twins of the early 1800s.
Margaret George has written several fictionalized bios (Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, Mary Queen of Scots, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Mary Magdalene).
The Agony & the Ecstasy by Irving Stone is about Michaelangelo.
Those are the ones that come to me off the top of my head, but bear in mind I've only ACTUALLY read The Inner Circle and Chang and Eng. I have Loving Frank but haven't started it; the others I'm only familiar with via the bookstore where I work.
It's funny you mention this because we were just talking about fictionalized bios/biographical novels and pretty much no one in the class knew they existed.
Thank you for the suggestions! I thought of "Loving Frank" recently, because I remember seeing it at the bookstore and thinking it looked interesting... will try to make a trip to the library this week. (: