Lord David Cecil (1902-1986) was a British biographer, academic and historian. He read Modern History at Oxford University where he later became a Fellow. He published his first book, a biography of the poet William Cowper, The Stricken Deer, in 1929; it went on to win the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Hawthornden Prize, and launched a brilliant literary career. Cecil went on to publish biographies of many other literary figures, including Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy and Shakespeare. He died in 1986.
Sign up to the Pan Macmillan newsletter for great extra content and free extracts.