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Simon Leys: Navigator Between Worlds

by Philippe PAQUET, Julie Rose & Julian Barnes

An award-winning biography of one of the greats.

Simon Leys is the pen-name of Pierre Ryckmans, who was born in Belgium and settled in Australia in 1970. He taught Chinese literature at the Australian National...

The Disappearance of Émile Zola: A Story of Love, Literature, and the Dreyfus Case

by Michael Rosen

The incredible story of Émile Zola's escape to London in the aftermath of the scandalous Dreyfus Affair.

It is the evening of July 18, 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Émile Zola is on the run. His crime?...

Stan Lee

by Bob Batchelor

The Amazing Spider-Man. The Incredible Hulk. The Invincible Iron Man. These are just a few of the iconic superheroes to emerge from the mind of Stan Lee. From the mean streets of Depression-era New York City...

Larry McMurtry's The Last Picture Show: Bookmarked

by Steve Yarbrough

  • Steve Yarbrough is an award-winning author whose novels are published by Knopf.

  • Steve Yarbrough has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and has won the California Book Award, the Mississippi Institute...

  • A Passionate Sisterhood

    by Kathleen Jones

    The Lake Poets, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey, have become a literary myth and we are used to looking at the Lake District landscape through its romantic prism. But for their sisters, wives and daughters...

    In Search of a Prophet

    by Paul-Gordon Chandler

    In Search of a Prophet is a fascinating journey through the spiritual life of Kahlil Gibran, author of the bestselling book The Prophet. Capturing our imaginations and enriching our spirits, Paul-Gordon Chandler...


    by  Leona Toker

    Vladimir Nabokov described the literature course he taught at Cornell as "a kind of detective investigation of the mystery of literary structures." Leona Toker here pursues a similar investigation of the enigmatic...

    Geoffrey Chaucer

    by David Wallace

    Originally writing over 600 years ago, Geoffrey Chaucer is today enjoying a global renaissance. Why do poets, translators, and audiences from so many cultures, from the mountains of Iran to the islands of Japan,...

    Fasting and Feasting

    by Adam Federman

    For more than thirty years, Patience Gray—author of the celebrated cookbook Honey from a Weed—lived in a remote area of Puglia in southernmost Italy. She lived without electricity, modern plumbing, or a...

    Conversations with Gary Snyder

    by David Stephen Calonne

    Gary Snyder (b. 1930) is one of the most distinguished American poets, remarkable both for his long and productive career and for his equal contributions to literature and environmental thought. His childhood...


    by Patti Smith

    From the renowned artist and author Patti Smith, an inspired exploration of the nature of creative invention

    Moliere : Story of the Greatest French Writer

    by Great Authors Collection, Margaret Oliphant & Andrew Lang

    This book presents the Story of the Greatest French Writer: Moliere. "Among the many great names which make French literature illustrious, there is scarcely one which is so universally acknowledged and of such...

    The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer's Tale

    by James Atlas

    The biographer—so often in the shadows, kibitzing, casting doubt, proving facts—comes to the stage in this funny, poignant, endearing tale of how writers’ lives get documented. James Atlas, the celebrated...

    The World Broke in Two

    by Bill Goldstein

    A revelatory narrative of the intersecting lives and works of revered authors Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster and D. H. Lawrence during 1922, the birth year of modernism

    The World Broke in Two tells...

    Jane Austen: The Complete Novels

    by Jane Austen

    Here you will find an extensive biography of Jane Austen and all her novels (in the chronological order of their original publication).

    - Jane Austen: A Biography

    - Lady Susan

    - Sense and Sensibility

    - Pride and...

    A Difficult Death: The Life and Work of Jens Peter Jacobsen

    by Morten Høi Jensen & James Wood

    Beautifully written, sympathetic and incisive, this is the first English biography of a major Scandinavian author who is ripe for rediscovery

    Splendours and Miseries: The Roy Strong Diaries, 1967-87

    by Roy Strong

    'The Alan Clark diaries of cultural politics' Sunday Times

    'At every word a reputation dies' A. N. Wilson

    Roy Strong is best known as the flamboyant former director of two great cultural institutions - the National...

    Willa Cather

    by Hermione Lee

    Hermione Lee’s provocative and influential biography provides a sensitive reappraisal of a marvelous and often underrated writer. The Willa Cather she reveals here was a Nebraskan who spent much of her life...

    We Are All Shipwrecks: A Memoir

    by Kelly Grey Carlisle

    FOR FANS OF THE GLASS CASTLE, now a major motion picture starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts

    "Moving and complex, this is an exquisitely written tale of perseverance and unconditional love....

    Sherlock Holmes: The Collection + A Biography of the Author

    by Arthur Conan Doyle

    This book contains several HTML tables of contents.

    The first table of contents (at the very beginning of the ebook) lists the titles of all novels included in this volume. By clicking on one of those titles...