She is an extraordinary writer, with an immense gift of language. Couple that with two incredible authors and you have two insightful books. These are part of a biography series called Penguin Lives, are generally smaller/condensed works and each (so far from what I have read, these being the 5th, 6th) I find the authors are pretty obsessed and very knowledgeable about their subjects (not all authors, but fascinating people). Both of these are library books, Joyce was unfortunately marked by a previous reader which can be distracting. I found that there were so many more details I wasn’t aware of, items that made their works/books more meaningful. Nuanced and insightful writing – bring your dictionary, and perhaps the OED if you are an American!