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Should Auld Acquaintance: Discovering the Woman Behind Robert Burns

by Melanie Murray

Robert Burns' "Belle of Mauchline" is given a voice in this lyrical and intimate depiction of the life of Jean Armour, known simply as the wife of the infamous poet and mother of nine of his children. Melanie...


In the Great Green Room

by Amy Gary

The extraordinary life of the woman behind the beloved children’s classics Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny comes alive in this fascinating biography of Margaret Wise Brown. Margaret’s books have sold...


Forty Four

by Peter Sheridan

Snow is falling all over Dublin. It is half an hour to the start of the New Year. On the rooftop of 44 Seville Place, a 10-year-old boy clings to a television aerial. His father urges him to turn the aerial...


Agatha Christie

by Gillian Gill

In this sensitive and revealing biography of Agatha Christie, Gillian Gill probes the mysterious private life and motivations of one of the bestselling authors of all time and discovers a brilliant and eccentric...


Hemingway at War: Ernest Hemingway's Adventures as a World War II Correspondent

by Terry Mort

From Omaha Beach on D-Day and the French Resistance to the tragedy of Huertgen Forest and the Liberation of Paris, this is the story of Ernest Hemingway's adventures in journalism during World War II. In the...


Krazy

by Michael Tisserand

In the tradition of Schulz and Peanuts, an epic and revelatory biography of Krazy Kat creator George Herriman that explores the turbulent time and place from which he emerged—and the deep secret he explored...


Whitman: A Study

by John Burroughs

This is John Burroughs' 1896 biographical treatise of Walt Whitman, "Whitman: A Study". It constitutes a profound and comprehensive insight into the mind and work of one of America's greatest poets by another...


Naming Thy Name

by Elaine Scarry

A fascinating case for the identity of Shakespeare’s beautiful young man

SHAKESPEARE’S SONNETS ARE indisputably the most enigmatic and enduring love poems written in English. They also may be the most often...


The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship

by Alex Beam

The Feud is the deliciously ironic (and sad) tale of how two literary giants destroyed their friendship in a fit of mutual pique and egomania.

In 1940, Edmund Wilson was the undisputed big dog of American letters....


Oliver Sacks: The Last Interview

by Oliver Sacks

An extraordinary collection of interviews with the beloved doctor and author, whose research and books inspired generations of readers.

Oliver Sacks—called "the poet laureate of medicine" by the New York Times...


An Angel at My Table: The Complete Autobiography

by Janet Frame

The autobiography of New Zealand's most significant writer


J. D. Salinger: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations

by J. D. Salinger & David Streitfeld

From the moment J. D. Salinger published The Catcher in the Rye in 1951, he was stalked by besotted fans, would-be biographers, and pushy journalists. In this collection of rare and revealing encounters with...


Thomas Churchyard

By Women Possessed: A Life of Eugene O'Neill

by Arthur Gelb & Barbara Gelb

Celebrated for their books on Eugene O’Neill and enjoying access to a trove of previously sealed archival material, the Gelbs deliver their final volume on the stormy life and brilliant oeuvre of this Nobel...


Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius

by Laurence Bergreen

The definitive biography of the impoverished child, abandoned by his parents, who became the famous writer, notorious libertine, and self-invented genius whose name still resonates today: Giacomo Casanova.

Today,...


Charles Dickens

Vanity Fair's Writers on Writers

by Graydon Carter & David Friend

A collection of beloved authors on beloved writers, including Martin Amis on Saul Bellow, Truman Capote on Willa Cather, and Salman Rushdie on Christopher Hitchens, as featured in Vanity Fair

 

What did Christopher...


Not Just Jane

by Shelley DeWees

“Not Just Jane restores seven of England’s most fascinating and subversive literary voices to their rightful places in history. Shelley DeWees tells each woman writer’s story with wit, passion, and an...


The Story of My Heart - My Autobiography

by Richard Jefferies

First published in 1883, "The Story of My Heart" is a book by English nature writer Richard Jefferies. It is often described as a "spiritual autobiography", within which Jefferies envisions the English countryside...


Margaret Forster: A Life in Books

by Kathleen Jones

Margaret Forster was one of the UK’s most prolific and respected authors. Born in Cumbria to working class parents in 1938, she published her first novel at the age of twenty two. Since then she has written...