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The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books

by Azar Nafisi

A passionate hymn to the power of fiction to change people's lives, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran

Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-copy...


Poets in Their Youth

by Eileen Simpson

In 1942, Eileen Simpson—then Eileen Mulligan—married John Berryman. Both were in their twenties; Eileen had just graduated from Hunter College and John had but one slim volume of poetry to his name. They...


Stranger than Fiction

by Denise Robins

The autobiography of Denise Robins, the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1965, and available now for the first time in eBook. Apart from writing over two hundred novels which...


The Hidden Roads: A Memoir of Childhood

by Kevin Crossley-Holland

In these pages, Kevin Crossley-Holland visits the foreign land of childhood. First memories as a war-baby; starting a museum; being coached at Lord's; living above the spring line below the great chalk cross...


Bolano: A Biography in Conversations

by Monica Maristain

The first biography of Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño, whose Savage Detectives and 2666 were bestsellers in the U.S. Written by a noted magazine writer who knew and interviewed Bolaño.

How to know the man...


Inventing Scrooge

by Carlo Devito

Inventing Scrooge uncovers the real-life inspirations from Charles Dickens’ own world that led to the fascinating creation of his most beloved tale: A Christmas Carol.

When Charles Dickens created the story...


The Chameleon Poet

by Robert Fraser

The poet George Barker was convinced that his biography could never be written. 'I've stirred the facts around too much,' he told Robert Fraser. 'It simply can't be done.' Eliot wrote of his 'genius'. Yeats...


The Prince of los Cocuyos

by Richard Blanco

Where am I from? Where do I belong? Who am I? These are the universal questions that have emerged from Richard Blanco's illuminating, story-rich poetry. Now Blanco explores these questions in this vivid account...


Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity

by David M. Friedman

The story of Oscar Wilde’s landmark 1882 American tour explains how this quotable literary eminence became famous for being famous.

On January 3, 1882, Oscar Wilde, a twenty-seven-year-old “genius”—at...


The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb

by Stanley Plumly

A window onto the lives of the Romantic poets through the re-creation of one legendary night in 1817. The author of the highly acclaimed Posthumous Keats, praised as “full of . . . those fleeting moments we...


William Wells Brown: An African American Life

by Ezra Greenspan

A groundbreaking biography of the most pioneering and accomplished African-American writer of the nineteenth century. Born into slavery in Kentucky, raised on the Western frontier on the farm adjacent to Daniel...


Conversations with Jerry Hicks

by Ronald Ritter & Sussan Evermore

Jerry Hicks was Esther's Hicks husband and business partner who sadly passed away on the 18th November 2011. Their success with books, workshops and seminars was never in question and they were the inspiration...


Captain Medwin: Friend of Byron and Shelley

by Ernest J. Lovell

Here is the first biography of Thomas Medwin-literary adventurer, rascal, scholar, confidence man, successful fortune hunter, and bemused speculator on a grand scale in old Italian oil paintings. Poet, novelist,...


31 Days: A Memoir of Seduction

by Marcia Gloster

Marcia Gloster was a college student traveling through Europe in the summer of 1963. When she arrived in Salzburg, Austria to study at Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Vision, she envisioned a month of intensive...


We are Michael Field

by Emma Donoghue

In this profile, Emma Donoghue tells the story of two eccentric Victorian spinsters: Katherine Bradley (1846-1914) and her niece Edith Cooper (1862-1913); poets and lovers, who wrote together under the name...


Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

by John Lahr

National Book Award Finalist. The definitive biography of America's greatest playwright from the celebrated drama critic of The New Yorker. John Lahr has produced a theater biography like no other. Tennessee...


Literary Rivals: Feuds and Antagonisms in the World of Books: Feuds and Antagonisms in the World of Books

by Richard Bradford

Novelists, poets and playwrights live double lives, sharing the real world with everyone else while spending a good deal of time in a universe of their own making. When they fall out with each other, they are...


The Early Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 2 (1920-1923)

by Anaïs| Nin

A continuation of the journey of self-education and self-discovery begun by Anaïs Nin in the previous volume of her early diary. Central here is the growing conflict between her role as woman and her determination...


The Early Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 3 (1923-1927)

by Anaïs| Nin

A bridge between the early life of Nin and the first volume of her Diary. In pages more candid than in the preceding diaries, Nin tells how she exorcised the obsession that threatened her marriage and nearly...


Linotte: The Early Diary of Anais Nin (1914-1920)

by Anaïs| Nin

A charming and amusing view of Nin's early life, from age eleven to seventeen; the self-portrait of an innocent girl who is transformed, through her own insights, into an enlightened young woman. “An enchanting...