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Naming Thy Name: Cross Talk in Shakespeare's Sonnets

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 argued-over...

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...

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.


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...

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...

Jane Austen

by Francis Warre Cornish

Mr. Francis Warre Cornish has devoted most of his chapters to a running comment on the novels. His criticism of the characters is shrewd and has the pleasant flavor of talk about people with whom one is intimately...

Nobody's Son: A Memoir

by Mark Slouka

“There comes a time in your life when the past decides to run you down,” Mark Slouka writes in this heartbreaking and soul-searching memoir about one man's attempt to reckon with the past.

Born in Czechoslovakia,...

Dangerous Years

by David W. Orr

A leading environmental thinker takes a hard look at the obstacles and possibilities on the long road to sustainability  

This gripping, deeply thoughtful book considers future of civilization in the light...

The Némirovsky Question: The Life, Death, and Legacy of a Jewish Writer in Twentieth-Century France

by Susan Rubin Suleiman

A fascinating look into the life and work of controversial French novelist Irène Némirovsky

Irène Némirovsky succeeded in creating a brilliant career as a novelist in the 1930s, only to have her life cut...

The Unknown Kerouac: Rare, Unpublished, & Newly Translated Writings

by Jack Kerouac, Jean-Christophe Cloutier & Todd Tietchen

In On the Road and other iconic works, Jack Kerouac created a quintessentially American voice and a revolutionary prose style. This remarkable gathering of previously unpublished writings reveals as never before...

Evelyn Waugh

by Philip Eade

Fifty years after Evelyn Waugh’s death, here is a completely fresh view of one of the most gifted -- and fascinating -- writers of our time, the enigmatic author of Brideshead Revisited.

Graham Greene hailed...

How to Get Run Over by a Truck

by Katie C. McKenna

People often say, "I feel like I've been run over by a truck." Katie actually was.

On a sunny morning bike ride in Brooklyn, twenty-four-year-old Katie McKenna was forever changed when she was run over by an...

The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived: A True Story of My Family

by Tom Shroder

The Washington Post Book Club's October Pick

“A grandson of writer MacKinlay Kantor unravels the tangles of his grandfather's life and finds many of those same threads (the good, the bad, the ugly) in his own…A...

Guilty Thing

by Frances Wilson

A dynamic biography of one of the most mysterious members of Wordsworth’s circle and the last of the Romantics

Thomas De Quincey was an obsessive. He was obsessed with Wordsworth and Coleridge, whose Lyrical...

What are the Blind Men Dreaming?

by Noemi Jaffe, Julia Sanches & Ellen Elias-Bursac

Three generations of women reflect, in their own words, on the Holocaust and bearing witness in Jewish and Brazilian identity.