Michael Shelden is the author of five biographies, among them the best-selling Mark Twain: Man In White, which was chosen as one of the best books of 2010 by the Library Journal and the Christian Science Monitor. His Orwell: the Authorized Biography was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Shelden was a features writer for the Daily Telegraph (London) and a fiction critic for The Baltimore Sun. His newest biography, Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill, is being made into a six-part series by Carnival Films, makers of Downton Abbey. Shelden is currently a professor at Indiana State University.
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