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If It Die

by André Gide

This is the major autobiographical statement from Nobel laureate André Gide. In the events and musings recorded here we find the seeds of those themes that obsessed him throughout his career and imbued his...


The Road to San Giovanni

by Italo Calvino & Tim Parks

Heartfelt, affecting, and wise, the essay collection The Road to San Giovanni offers Italo Calvino’s reflections on his own life and work in five elegant "memory exercises."


A Mark Twain Christmas

by Carlo Devito

Filled with the remarkable wit and humor of America's favorite storyteller, A Mark Twain Christmas gives readers insight into Twain's life through little known stories about how he and his family celebrated...


The World of Raymond Chandler: In His Own Words

by Raymond Chandler

 Raymond Chandler never wrote a memoir or autobiography. The closest he came to writing either was in—and around—his novels, shorts stories, and letters. There have been books that describe and evaluate...


Mario Vargas Llosa: A Life of Writing

by Raymond Leslie Williams

Awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010 at the age of seventy-four, Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has held pivotal roles in the evolution and revolutions of modern Latin American literature. Perhaps surprisingly,...


J. K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter

by Marc Shapiro

The heartwarming story behind J.K. Rowling’s rise to fame—and the answers to Harry Potter fans’ most burning questions!

 

Harry Potter is loved throughout the world, and so is his creator.  Joanne Kathleen...


Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life

by Hermione Lee

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW’ S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

The acclaimed biographer of Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf gives us an intimate portrait of one of the most quietly brilliant novelists of...


Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings

by Italo Calvino & Martin McLaughlin

A posthumously published collection of Italo Calvino's autobiographical writings recounting his experiences in Italy’s antifascist resistance, paying homage to his influences, tracing the evolution of his...


Sappho

by Nancy Freedman

In this finely drawn portrait, Sappho of Lesbos narrates her extraordinary life, from her childhood in war-torn Mitylene to her later relentless search for passionate love. Driven by the all-consuming fever...


The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

by Peter Dally

Combining his knowledge as a doctor and a lifelong fascination with Virginia Woolf's life and work, eminent psychiatrist Peter Dally offers a haunting and compelling look at the depression that tormented Virginia...


Alejo Carpentier: The Pilgrim at Home

by Roberto González Echevarría

Alejo Carpentier was one of the greatest Latin American novelists of the twentieth century, as well as a musicologist, journalist, cultural promoter, and diplomat. His fictional world issues from an encyclopedic...


Havel: A Life

by Michael Zantovsky

Václav Havel was one of the most prominent figures of the twentieth century: iconoclast and intellectual, renowned playwright turned political dissident, president of a united then divided nation, and dedicated...


Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison!

by Harry Harrison

Recollections of one of the grand masters of science fiction, on his storied career as a celebrated author and on his relationships with other luminaries in the field. This memoir is filled with all the humor...


Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love

by James Booth

Philip Larkin (1922-1985) is one of the most beloved poets in English. Yet after his death a largely negative image of the man himself took hold; he has been portrayed as a racist, a misogynist and a narcissist....


José Martí: A Revolutionary Life

by Alfred J. López

José Martí (1853-1895) was the founding hero of Cuban independence. In all of modern Latin American history, arguably only the "Great Liberator" Simón Bolívar rivals Martí in stature and legacy. Beyond...


Dylan Thomas: A New Life

by Andrew Lycett

Dylan Thomas was a romantic and controversial figure; a poet who lived to excess and died young. An inventive genius with a gift for both lyrical phrases and impish humour, he also wrote for films and radio,...


Poets in Their Youth

by Eileen Simpson

In 1942, Eileen Simpson—then Eileen Mulligan—married John Berryman. Both were in their twenties; Eileen had just graduated from Hunter College and John had but one slim volume of poetry to his name. They...


Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker

by Carolyn J. Brown

The first biography of the much admired author of the novel Jubilee and the poem "For My People"


Damned to Fame: the Life of Samuel Beckett

by James Knowlson

Samuel Beckett's long-standing friend, James Knowlson, recreates

Beckett's youth in Ireland, his studies at Trinity College, Dublin in

the early 1920s and from there to the Continent, where he plunged into

the...


Stranger than Fiction

by Denise Robins

The autobiography of Denise Robins, the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1965, and available now for the first time in eBook.

Apart from writing over two hundred novels which...