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"Uncle Curro". J.R.R. Tolkien's Spanish Connection

by José Manuel Ferrández Bru

This book is a biography, but also more than that. It reconstructs the little known personal journey of Francis Morgan Osborne (1857-1935), a Catholic priest born in Port St Mary’s (Spain), guardian and “second...

Adventures & Letters of Richard Harding Davis

by Richard Harding Davis

Renowned American journalist Richard Harding Davis helped define the genre of front-line reporting with his first-hand accounts of battlefield action in the Spanish-American war. Later, Davis went on to cover...

The Last Utopians

by Michael Robertson

For readers reared on the dystopian visions of Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Handmaid's Tale, the idea of a perfect society may sound more sinister than enticing. In this lively literary history of a time before...

Peggy to her Playwrights

by Colin Chambers & Peggy Ramsay

Peggy Ramsay (1908-1991) was the foremost play agent of her time. Her list of clients shows her to have been at the centre of British playwriting for several generations from the late 1950s on.

To her remarkable...

Rising Bells in Malta

by Otto Henry

A musical scholar is challenged to find and explore an area different from his colleagues. During the summer of 1972, Dr. Otto Henry, a musicologist in his third year at East Carolina University, accepts an...

A Daughter of Isis

by Nawal El Saadawi & Sherif Hetata

1. Volume one of the autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi, the Arab world's leading feminist.2. Paints a beautifully textured portrait of the childhood that moulded Saadawi into a novelist and fearless campaigner...


by John Nathan

Natsume S?seki (1867–1916) was the father of the modern novel in Japan, chronicling the plight of bourgeois characters caught between familiar modes of living and the onslaught of Western values and conventions....

The Other Robert

by Rick Wilson

‘Rhyme I had given up; but meeting with Fergusson’s Scottish Poems, I strung anew my wildly-sounding rustic lyre with emulating vigour.’ (Robert Burns recalling his younger self in 1787)

But who is Burns...

Emily Bronte

by Nick Holland

Whilst Emily Bronte wrote only one novel, the mysterious and universally adored Wuthering Heights, she is widely acknowledged as the best poet of the Bronte sisters, and indeed as one of the greatest female...

The Blasket Islandman

by Gerald Hayes

Tomás Ó Criomhthain (1856–1937) is one of the giants of Irish-language literature. His best-known books, Allagar na hInise and An tOileánach, are acknowledged classics. But he was a highly unlikely author....


by Toby Litt

Toby Litt's father wanted him to find about their ancestor: William Litt, a champion Cumberland Wrestler.

William was one of the greatest ever 'kings of the green' - a man who reigned undefeated in one of the...

Picturing Identity

by Hertha D. Sweet Wong

In this book, Hertha D. Sweet Wong examines the intersection of writing and visual art in the autobiographical work of twentieth and -twenty-first century American writers and artists each of whom employ a mix...

Biographia Literaria

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Biographia Literaria, or in full Biographia Literaria; or Biographical Sketches of MY LITERARY LIFE and OPINIONS, is an autobiography in discourse by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, which he published in 1817.

The work...

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

by James Joyce

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a semi-autobiographical novel by James Joyce. The story describes the formative years of the life of Stephen Dedalus, a fictional alter ego of Joyce and an allusion...

The Letters of Henry James

by Henry James

The Complete Letters of Henry James fills a crucial gap in modern literary studies by presenting in a scholarly edition the complete letters of one of the great novelists and letter writers of the English language....

Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Bookmarked

by Brian Evenson

A haunting meditation on love, loss, companionship, and finding one’s way through the dark, Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is one of the most important and influential short...

Mr. Lear

by Jenny Uglow

A sparkling biography of the poet and artist Edward Lear by the award-winning biographer Jenny Uglow

Edward Lear, the renowned English artist, musician, author, and poet, lived a vivid, fascinating life, but...


by Austin Dobson

Henry Austin Dobson (18 January 1840 – 2 September 1921), commonly Austin Dobson, was an English poet and essayist. He was born at Plymouth, the eldest son of George Clarisse Dobson, a civil engineer, of French...

Authenticity is a Feeling

by Jecob Wren

Authenticity is a Feeling: My Life in PME-ART is a compelling hybrid of history, memoir, and performance theory. It tells the story of the interdisciplinary performance group PME-ART and their ongoing endeavour...

Following Robert Louis Stevenson with a Donkey

by Betty Gladstone

Most mothers in 1963 didn’t set out on a journey with their daughters through an impoverished section of France with little knowledge of the language. But Betty Gladstone did and ended up being the toast of...