This is the first in a series of posts in which I recommend books for aspiring and published writers. Each post covers a category, including magazine writing, how-to-write books by notable writers, books on the business aspects of writing, fiction how-to, and more.
The books listed in this post are biographies or autobiographies, and as such do not focus on writing and getting published. However, the authors offer writing advice now and then, and there is much to be learned from the experiences they relate.
You can find most of these books at your local bookstore or at Amazon.com or other online retailers. For a few of the out-of-print titles you will have to go to eBay or a used book store. (The list is alphabetical, by subject.)
Hitchhiker: A Biography of Douglas Adams, by M.J. Simpson (Justin, Charles & Co.,
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King (Scribner, 2002) Another Life: A Memoir of Other People, by Michael Korda (Random House, 1999) Education of a Wandering Man, by Louis L'Amour (Bantam Books, 1990 Reissue) The Way the Future Was, by Frederik Pohl (Del Rey Books, 1978) Tomorrow's Child, by Jack Williamson (Benbella Books, 2005)