Following are literary biographies reviewed by The New York Times Book Review since Dec. 31, 2000.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius
By LEO DAMROSCH
In this fine new biography, Leo Damrosch restores Rousseau to us in all his originality.
The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life
By TOM REISS
Tom Reiss explains how a not-so-nice Russian Jewish boy became a dagger-wielding Muslim writer.
Richard Wright: The Life and Times
By HAZEL ROWLEY
Hazel Rowley’s biography of Richard Wright documents his early success and growing disaffection.