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Inspired!: True Stories Behind Famous Art, Literature, Music, and Film

by Maria Bukhonina

Discover the fascinating true stories behind the world's most famous works of art, literature, music and film, complete with historical images. What real-life hero inspired the literary adventures of the Count...


Bobby the Bird Man

by Jonathan Will & Mike McDonnell

Bobby Tulloch, known to his pals as ‘Tucker’, was the son of a crofter in the island of Yell. He’d started his working life as a baker and became, through his own extraordinary talents and a certain amount...


Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and Civilisation

by James Stourton

The definitive biography of this brilliant polymath--director of the National Gallery, author, patron of the arts, social lion, and singular pioneer of television--that also tells the story of the arts in the...


Turner: The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J.M.W. Turner

by Franny Moyle

The life of one of Western art's most admired and misunderstood painters

 

J.M.W. Turner is one of the most important figures in Western art, and his visionary work paved the way for a revolution in landscape...


Walk Through Walls: A Memoir

by Marina Abramovic

“I had experienced absolute freedom—I had felt that my body was without boundaries, limitless; that pain didn’t matter, that nothing mattered at all—and it intoxicated me.”

In 2010, more than 750,000...


The Missing Matisse: A Memoir

by Pierre H. Matisse

Nazi planes were bombing Paris the day a lifelong, more personal war began for Pierre. It was the day he lost his identity.

Born into a famous family, Pierre Matisse grew up immersed in the art world of Paris...


A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley

by Jane Kamensky

This bold new history recovers an unknown American Revolution as seen through the eyes of Boston-born painter John Singleton Copley.

Boston in the 1740s: a bustling port at the edge of the British empire. A...


The Caillaux Drama

by John N. Raphael

The Story of the Drama Cell No. 12 The Crime and the Public Monsieur Caillaux's Examination The Campaign of the “Figaro” Calmette v. Caillaux The “Ton Jo” Letter Agadir L'Affaire Rochette “The Truth,...


The Autobiography of Goethe

by Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe

As a preface to the present work, which, perhaps, more than another requires one, I adduce the letter of a friend, by which so serious an undertaking was occasioned. "We have now, my dear friend, collected the...


The Philosophy of Giambattista Vico

by Benedetto Croce

My reasons for believing that a new exposition of Vico's philosophy is required may easily be inferred from the observations on the effects of his work and the biographical notes which form respectively the...


Jane Austen and Her Times

by G. E. Mitton

PRELIMINARY AND DISCURSIVE CHILDHOOD THE POSITION OF THE CLERGY HOME LIFE AT STEVENTON THE NOVELS LETTERS AND POST SOCIETY AND LOVE-MAKING VISITS AND TRAVELING CONTEMPORARY WRITERS A TRIO OF NOVELS THE NAVY...


Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark

by Tamara Saviano

For more than forty years, Guy Clark wrote and recorded unforgettable songs. His lyrics and melodies paint indelible portraits of the people, places, and experiences that shaped him. He has served as model,...


Robert Falconer

by George MacDonald

Robert Falconer, school-boy, aged fourteen, thought he had never seen his father; that is, thought he had no recollection of having ever seen him. But the moment when my story begins, he had begun to doubt whether...


Honore de Balzac

by Albert Keim & Louis Lumet

Honoré de Balzac, 20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850, was a French novelist and playwright. The novel sequence La Comédie Humaine, which presents a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life, is generally viewed...


You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin

by Rachel Corbett

The extraordinary story of one of the most fruitful friendships in modern arts and letters.

Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet is one of the most beloved books of the twentieth century. It has sold...


Twenty Over Eighty: Conversations on a Lifetime in Architecture and Design

by Aileen Kwun & Bryn Smith

Twenty Over Eighty is a collection of insightful, intimate, and often irreverent interviews with twenty architecture and design luminaries over the age of eighty. Revealing conversations with leaders from a...


The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley II

by Florence A. Thomas Marshall

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She...


The Color of Being/El Color del Ser: Dorothy Hood, 1918-2000

by Susie Kalil, Barbara Rose & William G. Otton

Born in Bryan, Texas, and raised in Houston, Dorothy Hood won a scholarship to the Rhode Island School of Design in the early 1930s, then worked as a model in New York to earn money for classes at the Art Students...


The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art

by Sebastian Smee

Pulitzer Prize–winning art critic Sebastian Smee tells the fascinating story of four pairs of artists—Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon—whose fraught, competitive...


I Saw Him Standing There

by Mike Powell

Imagine if John Lennon was still alive.

What music would he be creating?

Would he still be doodling and drawing images he sees all around him?

Sadly at the young age of forty, his life was cruelly snatched...