Michael Shelden is the author of six biographies, including the Pulitzer Prize Finalist Orwell: The Authorized Biography, which was also a New York Times Notable Book and has been translated into five languages. His Mark Twain: Man in White was a New York Times bestseller, and his Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill was widely praised on both sides of the Atlantic, earning recognition from the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Fund with its 2014 National Author Award.

He was a features writer for the London Daily Telegraph, served as a fiction critic for the Baltimore Sun, and has written for the Washington Post, the Times of London, the London Review of Books, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. In 2015 he gave talks in nine major cities throughout the United States for the Drue Heinz Lecture Series of the Royal Oak Foundation, an affiliate of the National Trust of England. He has also given talks for the Smithsonian, the National World War Two Museum, the London Library, the Union Club of Boston, and the Commonwealth Club of California.

American Literary Scholarship--an annual publication at Duke University--wrote of Shelden's biographical talents: "Shelden possesses that rare gift of the truly talented biographer: he can sketch scenes so vividly that a reader seems to mingle with the subjects in their long-ago conversations."

 

PRAISE for Michael Shelden's early books:

"Shelden deserves high praise for the unassuming skill with which the very taste and smell of the period are evoked."--Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange, reviewing Friends of Promise

"Deeply and honestly researched . . . . Shelden based his book on a great many interviews and hitherto unpublished letters and documents, and at every stage of Orwell's life he comes up with news."--Paul Fussell, author of The Great War and Modern Memory, reviewing Orwell: The Authorized Biography

"Brilliant . . . Michael Shelden's book hasn't a dull page."--Patricia Highsmith, author of Carol, Strangers on a Train, and The Talented Mr. Ripley, reviewing Graham Greene: The Enemy Within