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List of famous biographical novel books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular biographical novel books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best biographical novel novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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A Hope in the Unseen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Ron Suskind A Hope in the Unseen is the first book by author and journalist Ron Suskind, published in 1998. The book is a biographical novel about the life of Cedric Jennings through his last years in high ...more

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A Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Oriana Fallaci A Man is a novel written by Oriana Fallaci chronicling her relationship with the attempted assassin of Greek dictator George Papadopoulos.

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Abe: A Novel of the Young Linc... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Richard Slotkin Abe: A Novel of the Young Lincoln is a book by Richard Slotkin.

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Beach Babylon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels

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Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Jean Lee Latham Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is a novel by Jean Lee Latham that was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1956. The book is a children's biography of Nathaniel Bowditch, a sailor and mathematician who ...more

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Coming Through Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Michael Ondaatje Coming Through Slaughter is a novel by Michael Ondaatje, published by House of Anansi in 1976. It was the winner of the 1976 Books in Canada First Novel Award. The novel is a fictionalised ...more

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Empress is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Shan Sa Empress is a French biographical novel written by Shan Sa, a French author who was born in Beijing. It is based on the life of Empress Wu Zetian.

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Golden Checkerboard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Golden Checkerboard is a book by Ed Ainsworth. Its subject matter concerns the mid-20th century economic conditions of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of Palm Springs, California and ...more

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He Died With A Felafel In His ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
John Birmingham He Died with a Felafel in His Hand is a novel by Australian author John Birmingham, first published in 1994 by The Yellow Press. The story consists of a collection of colourful anecdotes about ...more

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Hotel Babylon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
The Babylon series is a series of books by British author Imogen Edwards-Jones which provide exposés of work places or industries using fictionalized characters and real incidents and ...more

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I, the Sun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Janet Morris I, the Sun is a book written by Janet Morris.

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Kerguelen, le voyageur au pays... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Isabelle Autissier This biography-based book by Isabelle Autissier is the narrative of Yves Joseph Marie de Kerguelen's two expeditions. Knight de Kerguelen (1734-1797) was chosen by Louis XV, the king of France, ...more

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Killer: A Journal of Murder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Thomas E. Gaddis Killer A Journal Of Murder is a 1970 biographical novel by American authors Thomas E. Gaddis and James O. Long. The book was republished in 2002 by Amok Books as Panzram: A Journal Of Murder.

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Lemony Snicket: The Unauthoriz... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Daniel Handler Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography is a fictional "autobiography" of A Series of Unfortunate Events author and character Lemony Snicket. It was published on May 1, 2002.

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Loving Frank is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Nancy Horan Loving Frank is an American novel by Nancy Horan published in 2007. It tells the story of Mamah Borthwick and her illicit love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright amidst the public shame they ...more

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Mahanayak is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Mahanayak is a Marathi historical novel on the life of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, written by prominent Marathi author Vishvas Patil. This novel is translated into many other Indian and foreign ...more

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Notes from Hell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
"Notes from Hell" is a biographical novel, written by Nikolay Yordanov and Valya Cherveniashka about her life in several Libyan prisons during the HIV trial in Libya. It follows the ...more

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Schindler's Ark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Thomas Keneally Schindler's Ark is a Booker Prize-winning novel published in 1982 by Australian novelist Thomas Keneally, which was later adapted into the highly successful movie Schindler's List directed by ...more

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Snowblind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Snowblind: A brief career in the cocaine trade written by American author Robert Sabbag in 1976 is a non-fiction account about an extraordinary character named Zachary Swan who turned his hand ...more

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The Great Lover is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
The Great Lover is a 2009 biographical novel by Jill Dawson. The novel follows the fictional Nell Golightly as she encounters the eccentric poet Rupert Brooke in Grantchester, Cambridgeshire. ...more

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The Honest Courtesan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Margaret Rosenthal The Honest Courtesan is a 1992 biographical book by Margaret Rosenthal about a 16th-century Venetian courtesan named Veronica Franco.

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The Improvisatore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Hans Christian Andersen The Improvisatore is an autobiographical novel by Hans Christian Andersen. First published in 1835, it was an immediate success and is considered to be Andersen's breakthrough. The story, ...more

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The Moon and Sixpence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
W. Somerset Maugham The Moon and Sixpence is a novel by W Somerset Maugham, told in episodic form by a first-person narrator, in a series of glimpses into the mind and soul of the central character Charles ...more

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The Overloaded Ark is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
The Overloaded Ark, first published in 1953, is the debut book by British naturalist Gerald Durrell. It is the chronicle of a six months collecting trip to the West African colony of British ...more

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The Poet of Tolstoy Park is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
The Poet of Tolstoy Park is the 2005 debut novel of Sonny Brewer, published by Ballentine. The novel, inspired by the life of Henry Stuart, who moved from Idaho to Alabama in the 1920s after ...more

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Tuesdays With Morrie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Mitch Albom Tuesdays with Morrie is a memoir by American writer Mitch Albom. The story was later recreated by Thomas Rickman into a TV movie of the same name directed by Mick Jackson, which aired on ...more

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Voyage on the Great Titanic is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Biographical Novel Books and Novels
Ellen Emerson White Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, RMS Titanic, 1912 is a romantic historical fiction novel written by Ellen Emerson White, and is the eleventh book of the Dear ...more