According to British biographer Michael Holroyd, the biography is in decline. Making his statements at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, he points to few full life biographies because "people are writing parts of lives" instead. As a reader, I think that is actually a good trend, for I like the narratives that focus on the most dramatic points in lives. What do you think? An article by Charlotte Higgins about Holroyd's comments is in the Guardian of August 18, 2011.
Thanks to Bonnie, a great reader of great newspapers, for spotting this article.