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Victor Hugo: His Life and Works

by G. Barnett Smith

This book treats of the life and works of Victor Hugo, the great poet and writer.

The writings of Victor Hugo are so varied and multifarious, and many of them are so well known to English readers, that I have...


Sontag

by Benjamin Moser

The definitive portrait of one of the American Century’s most towering intellectuals: her writing and her radical thought, her public activism and her hidden private face

No writer is as emblematic of the...


Victor Hugo : Life and Romances of a Great Writer

by Elbert Hubbard & R. Louis Stevenson

This book deals with the life and works of Victor Hugo, one of the great and best-known french writer. His romances occupy an important position in the history of literature. "Men like Victor Hugo can be killed...


Henry David Thoreau : His Biography and Character

by Robert L. Stevenson & Ralph Waldo Emerson

Henry David Thoreau was the last male descendant of a French ancestor who came to this country from the Isle of Guernsey. His character exhibited occasional traits drawn from this blood in singular combination...


Blaise Pascal : Life and Writings of a French Genius

by George J.G. Masson

This book deals with the life and the writings of Blaise Pascal, French inventor, writer and scientist. When we think of the achievements which he crowded into a brief space, and which have made his name famous...


The Summing Up

by W. Somerset Maugham

Not an autobiography nor a book of recollections, but the brilliant and provocative summing-up of the great author W. Somerset Maugham's views on life and art.


Becoming Superman

by J. Michael Straczynski & Neil Gaiman

With an introduction by Neil Gaiman!

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“J. Michael Straczynski is, without question, one of the greatest science fiction minds of our time.”   -- Max Brooks (World War Z)

In this dazzling memoir, the acclaimed...


Charles Dickens: His Life and Work

by Stephen Leacock

Stephen Leacock shares the stage with Charles Dickens and Mark Twain as one of the best-loved humorists in the English-speaking world. At the time of its original publication, Leacock's biography of Dickens...


Mark Twain

by Stephen Leacock

This is a most interesting biography of Mark Twain by Canada's own famous classic  "funny man" Stephen Leacock.  The sketch of Mark Twain is an amazing portrait, virile, graphic, loving, and of course humorous....


The Burning Glass

by Jenni Calder

Naomi Mitchison was born towards the end of the nineteenth century and grew into an era of change, political, social and sexual. All of these she embraced and influenced in the course of her long life. She became...


Arise And Go

by Kevin Connolly

The idea of place runs like a river through the life and works of the poet and playwright W.B. Yeats. This book focuses on his time in Dublin, London, Sligo and elsewhere in the west of Ireland, embracing the...


Memory Hold-the-Door

by John Buchan

John Buchan 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, had a remarkable life and here is his wonderfully written and fascinating memoir. A highly accomplished man and now known by many chiefly as an author, he was also an historian,...


The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein

by Farah Mendlesohn

Robert A. Heinlein began publishing in the 1940s at the dawn of the Golden Age of science fiction, and today he is considered one of the genre's 'big three' alongside Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov. His short...


Life of Goethe

by James Sime

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His works include four novels; epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literaryand aesthetic criticism;...


The Age of Disenchantments

by Aaron Shulman

A gripping narrative history of Spain’s most brilliant and troubled literary family—a tale about the making of art, myth, and legacy—set against the upheaval of the Spanish Civil War and beyond

In this...


Black Sunset: Hollywood Sex, Lies, Glamour, Betrayal and Raging Egos

by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

The author of the classic Going Away returns with a freewheeling memoir about his time as a Hollywood agent and radical organizer.


The Lost Prince

by Michael Mewshaw

At once a moving story of friendship, a memoir, a biography, and an attempt to come to peace with a deeply camouflaged author, Pat Conroy.

Pat Conroy was America's poet laureate of family dysfunction. A larger-than-life...


Howard Phillips Lovecraft - Dreamer on the Nightside

by Frank Belknap Long

Howard Phillips Lovecraft: Dreamer on the Nightside is a biography of author H. P. Lovecraft, creator of the Cthulhu Mythos. It was written by Frank Belknap Long, a longtime friend of Lovecraft, and originally...


C. S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction

by James Como

Beloved by children and adults worldwide, the writings of C.S. Lewis have a broad and enduring appeal. Although he is best known for the iconic Chronicles of Narnia series, C. S. Lewis was actually a man of...


Learning Not To Be First

by Kathleen Jones

Christina was the youngest of the four Rossetti children, born in England to Italian parents. Although she and her brother, the artist Dante Gabriel, were known as the 'two storms', Christina's passionate nature...