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Victor Hugo: His Life and Works

by G. Barnett Smith

This book treats of the life and works of Victor Hugo, the great poet and writer.

The writings of Victor Hugo are so varied and multifarious, and many of them are so well known to English readers, that I have...


The First Man-Carrying Aeroplane Capable of Sustained Free Flight

by Albert Francis Zahm

Such a mischance, happening now, would be viewed as a passing accident; however around then it appeared to the vast majority to show the purposelessness of all flying examinations. The press overpowered the...


Alive Still

by Cathy Curtis

Among the women artists who came to prominence in the postwar era in New York, painter Nell Blaine had a uniquely hard-won career. In her mid-thirties, her horizons seemed limitless. Her shows received glowing...


Pagan Light

by Jamie James

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

"Pagan Light is mesmerizing. Every detail is compelling. I felt I was reading a family history of a family far more interesting than mine." --Edmund White, author...


I.M.

by Isaac Mizrahi

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“In I.M., Isaac Mizrahi puts his life to paper with the same mix of spirit and wryness as the designs he popularized.” —Vanity Fair

Isaac Mizrahi is sui generis: designer,...


Tosh

by Tosh Berman & Amber Tamblyn

TOSH: Selling and Marketing Points:

 

Candid, funny, name-dropping, page-turning memoir by Tosh Berman, the son of Wallace Berman.

 

Wallace Berman is one of the most significant artists of American culture, associated...


Reveries over Childhood and Youth

by W.B. Yeats

Sometimes when I remember a relative that I have been fond of, or a strange incident of the past, I wander here and there till I have somebody to talk to. Presently I notice that my listener is bored; but now...


The Life and Art of Felrath Hines

by Rachel Berenson Perry, Jennifer McComas, Floyd Coleman & Julie L McGee

Felrath Hines (1913–1993), the first African American man to become a professional conservator for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, was born and raised in the segregated Midwest. Leaving their home...


Vincent van Gogh

by 50MINUTES.Com

Keen to learn but short on time? Find out everything you need to know about the life and work of Vincent van Gogh in just 50 minutes with this straightforward and engaging guide!

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch...


Michelangelo

by 50MINUTES.Com

Keen to learn but short on time? Find out everything you need to know about the life and work of Michelangelo in just 50 minutes with this straightforward and engaging guide!

Michelangelo is one of the most influential...


Leonardo da Vinci

by 50MINUTES.Com

Keen to learn but short on time? Find out everything you need to know about the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci in just 50 minutes with this straightforward and engaging guide!

Leonardo da Vinci was an artist,...


Gustav Klimt

by 50MINUTES.Com

Keen to learn but short on time? Find out everything you need to know about the life and work of Gustav Klimt in just 50 minutes with this straightforward and engaging guide!

Gustav Klimt was one of the most...


Always in Vogue

by Edna Woolman Chase & Ilka Chase

Vogue was a newly formed weekly society magazine when Edna Woolman Chase arrived on its staff in 1895 at the young age of 18. Alongside its second owner, Condé Nast, she went on to remodel it into the institution...


Since When

by Bill Berkson

Bill Berkson was a poet, art critic, bon vivant, and joyful participant in the best of postwar and bohemian American culture. Since When gathers the ephemera of a life well-lived, a collage of bold-face names,...


Margaret Wise Brown

by Leonard S. Marcus

"Leonard S. Marcus... has masterfully written about a fascinating woman who in her short life changed literature for the very young. I was throroughly enchanted."--Eric Carle

Nearly fifty years after her sudden...


An American Odyssey

by Mary Schmidt Campbell

By the time of his death in 1988, Romare Bearden was most widely celebrated for his large-scale public murals and collages, which were reproduced in such places as Time and Esquire to symbolize and evoke the...


Old In Art School

by Nell Irvin Painter

"I was used to juggling my self-perception and other people's views of me as a black person and as a woman, from within and without. But now what I took as me seemed almost inconsequential as my essence shriveled...


Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

by John Callahan & David Kelly

Now a major motion picture directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, and Rooney Mara

Featuring more than 60 of Callahan's original cartoons

“When people laugh like hell and then say,...


Against the Grain

by Bill Sanders & Jules Feiffer

While political cartoonist Bill Sanders’s book may be a memoir, it is primarily a chronicle of his brushes with history during the era that stretched from the presidency of John Kennedy to that of Barack Obama—and...


Gathie Falk

by Gathie & Robin

Gathie Falk is one of Canada’s most heralded visual artists: she has won the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts, and the Gershon...