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William Blake and the Age of Revolution

by Jacob Bronowski

Bronowski was fascinated by William Blake for much of his life. His first book about him, A Man Without a Mask, was published in 1944. In 1958 his famous Penguin selection of Blake's poems and letters was published....


Wilfred Owen

by Jon Stallworthy

Of all the poets of the First World War, Wilfred Owen most fires the imagination today. This biography is more than a simple account of his life - the childhood spent in the backstreets of Birkenhead and Shrewsbury,...


The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem: The Remarkable Life and Afterlife of the Man Who Created Tevye

by Jeremy Dauber

Part of the Jewish Encounters series

The first comprehensive biography of one of the most beloved authors of all time: the creator of Tevye the Dairyman, the collection of stories that inspired Fiddler on the...


The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget's Thesaurus

by Joshua Kendall

In the tradition of The Professor and the Madman, a "brisk and vivid"( Los Angeles Times) account of an obsessive scholar.

Polymath, eccentric, and synonym aficionado, Peter Mark Roget had a host of female admirers,...


Life on the Mississippi: (A Modern Library E-Book)

by Mark Twain

'I am a person who would quit authorizing in a minute to go to piloting,' Mark Twain once remarked. 'I would rather sink a steamboat than eat, any time.' And in 1882, Twain did just that: he returned to the...


Wars I Have Seen

by Gertrude Stein

Wars I Have Seen is the American writer Gertrude Stein's memoir of her experiences during the Second World War.  Gertrude Stein was living in Europe during the time of the war.


"G" is for Grafton

by Natalie Hevener Kaufman & Carol McGinnis Kay

Finally in paperback and now fully revised and updated through "O" Is for Outlaw, the reader's companion to the world of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone

With the cooperation of Sue Grafton, who provided unprecedented...


Survival Lessons

by Alice Hoffman

One of America's most beloved writers shares her suggestions for finding beauty in the world even during the toughest times.

Survival Lessons provides a road map of how to reclaim your life from this day forward,...


Edith Wharton as Spatial Activist and Analyst

by Reneé|| Somers

Because she devoted much of her life to exploring the relationships that exist between people and their built environment, Edith Wharton developed a set of philosophies that she expressed in many arenas, including...


NEW YORK JEW

by Alfred Kazin

Alfred Kazin, one of the central figures of America’s intellectual life in the 20th century, takes us into his own life and times. His autobiography encompasses, within a single large, fluent narrative, a...


A Dangerous Liaison: A Revalatory New Biography of Simone DeBeauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre

by Carole Seymour-Jones

A Dangerous Liaison tells the intense, passionate, and sometimes-painful story of how two brilliant freethinkers, lovers, and rivals came to share a relationship that lasted more than 50 years. This is the first...


O'Neill: Son and Playwright

by Louis Scheaffer

Sheaffer's two-volume biography of American platwright Eugene O'Neill-the second volume of which won a Pulitzer Prize-makes use of previously unknown documents and numerous interviews to present an insightful...


Walt Whitman

by Walt Whitman & Gary Schmidgall

A fully unexpurgated collection that restores the sexual vitality and subversive flair suppressed by Whitman himself in later editions of Leaves of Grass.

A century after his death, Whitman is still celebrated...


Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds

by Lyndall Gordon

"Lives Like Loaded Guns...reads like a fabulous detective story...[Gordon] takes us into undiscovered territory." --The Washington Post

In 1882, Emily Dickinson's brother, Austin, began an adulterous love...


Romain Gary: The Man Who Sold His Shadow

by Ralph Schoolcraft

"Schoolcraft's memorable biography of Gary, the first to appear in English, will serve as a point of departure for anyone who is interested in twentieth-century French fiction."—Choice


Gift from the Gallowgate

by Doris Davidson

This is the extraordinary story of a remarkable woman. Doris Davidson was born in Aberdeen in 1922, the daughter of a master butcher and country lass. Her idyllic childhood was shattered in 1934 with the death...


Salinger

by Paul Alexander

J.D. Salinger was one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers.  He was also one of its most elusive.  After making his mark on the American literary scene, Salinger retreated to a small town in New Hampshire...


Ian Fleming

by Andrew Lycett

We all know who James Bond is, but how many of us know much about his creator, Ian Fleming, a master of espionage and thrillers? In this full-length biography, author Andrew Lycett tells the story of Ian Fleming's...


The Education of a Coach

by David Halberstam

More than 6 years after his death David Halberstam remains one of this country's most respected journalists and revered authorities on American life and history in the years since WWII. A Pulitzer Prize-winner...


Reading Rilke: Reflections on the Problems of Translation

by William H. Gass

The greatly admired essayist, novelist, and philosopher, author of Cartesian Sonata, Finding a Form, and The Tunnel, reflects on the art of translation and on Rainer Maria Rilke's Duino Elegies -- and gives...