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On Writing

by Charles Bukowski

Sharp and moving reflections and ruminations on the artistry and craft of writing from one of our most iconoclastic, riveting, and celebrated masters.

Charles Bukowski’s stories, poems, and novels have left...

Portrait of Hemingway

by Lillian Ross

The definitive sketch of one of America’s greatest writers.

On May 13, 1950, Lillian Ross’s first portrait of Ernest Hemingway was published in The New Yorker. It was an account of two days Hemingway spent...

Charlotte's Inheritance

by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

English author of Victorian "sensation" novels. Braddon was an extremely prolific writer, producing some 75 novels with very inventive plots. The most famous one is Lady Audley's Secret (1862), which won her...

Red Sails

by Derek Mahon

This spirited collection of short essays adds further critical and autobiographical material to Derek Mahon’s growing body of prose. It includes reflections on flying boats and on the artist William Scott,...

The Idea of Europe: An Essay

by George Steiner

In this remarkable short book, the foremost intellectual of our age brings a lifetime of erudition to bear on a subject that he has grappled with for decades, and whose future is profoundly uncertain. The Idea...

Up in the Old Hotel

by Joseph Mitchell & David Remnick

Saloon-keepers and street preachers, gypsies and steel-walking Mohawks, a bearded lady and a 93-year-old “seafoodetarian” who believes his specialized diet will keep him alive for another two decades. These...

How Did I Get Here?

by Jesse Browner

A literary exploration that asks seeks to answer the question: Have I lived the life I intended?

Jesse Browner, a novelist with a full-time job at the United Nations, has written a book reminiscent of the Talking...

The Man in the Iron Mask - An Essay (Celebrated Crimes Series)

by Alexandre Dumas

This vintage book contains a fascinating reflective essay on the themes, facts, and fiction in Alexandre Dumas's historical novel "The Man in the Iron Mask". An interesting and accessible exploration of the...

Books Fatal to Their Authors

by P. H. Ditchfield

To record the woes of authors and to discourse de libris fatalibus seems deliberately to court the displeasure of that fickle mistress who presides over the destinies of writers and their works. Fortune awaits...

Aztec Treasure House

by Evan Connell

Here are tales of fabulous advances made in anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, and linguistics, stories of the Anasazi, the "old ones" of the southwestern desert, of the great explorers, eccentrics, dreamers,...


by Robert Louis Stevenson

This vintage book contains Robert Louis Stevenson's "Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes". First published in 1879, this book is one of the most personal and lucid of Stevenson's works. Half guide book, half social...

Memories and Portraits - Memories of Himself - Selection from his Notebook

by Robert Louis Stevenson

This book contains Robert Stevenson's 1887 work, "Memories and Portraits". It is a collection of essays that form an autobiographical sketch of this most esteemed author, and it will greatly appeal to those...

Alarms and Discursions

by G. K. Chesterton

This volume contains a collection of essays written by G. K. Chesterton. These essays were originally published in the 'Daily News', and cover a range of topics ranging from Gargoyles to strolls around Marble...

Character and Opinion in the United States, with Reminiscences of William James and Josiah Royce and Academic Life in America

by George Santayana

This volume contains a collection of articles on the nature of America and of being American, composed from lectures originally addressed to British audiences by George Santayana. This fascinating collection,...

Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860

by George Saintsbury

This volume contains a collection of critical literary essays written by George Saintsbury. The writers dealt with in these criticisms include De Quincey, Sydney Smith, George Crabbe, and many more. This volume...

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

by Thomas De Quincey

This vintage book contains Thomas De Quincey's 1821 autobiographic account, "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater". Within this volume, De Quincey describes his addiction to opium and explains, in great detail,...

Our Old Home

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This vintage book contains a collection of essays written by Nathaniel Hawthorne during his stay in England from 1853 to 1853. In these writings, Hawthorne's humour, empathy, patriotism, and sharp judgement...

Across the Plains with Other Memories and Essays

by Robert Louis Stevenson

This volume contains a collection of essays and memoirs by Robert Louis Stevenson, including "Across the Plains" (1892). "Across the Plains" forms the middle section of Stevenson's three-part travel memoir,...

Familiar Studies of Men and Books

by Robert Louis Stevenson

This volume contains Robert Louis Stevenson's "Familiar Studies of Men and Books", being a fascinating exploration of the life and work of a number of seminal authors from across the globe. It contains a wealth...

Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers

by Robert Louis Stevenson

This volume contains a collection of essays by Robert Louis Stevenson. The themes tackled within these essays are varied, ranging from love and marriage, to morality and hope. This fantastic collection is highly...