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The Early Years of Brian O'Nolan

by Ciaran O' Nuallain

Ciaran O Nuallain's memoir of his brother Brian O'Nolan (1991-66), the only major source on the early life of the man who later achieved literary fame as Flann O'Brien and Mylan na gCopaleen, appears here for...


Voices from a Journal

by Bill Naughton

This is a writer's journal of his friendships, encounters and observations during the 1950s and 60s, describing relationships with Cork author Frank O'Connor, Patrick Kavanagh, Charles Cape (onetime governor...


Diary of a Teddy Boy

by Mim Scala

London, 1950s. Mr Tobias, the Fulham tailor, makes young Emilio Scala a fingertip drape and he fills it, a Teddy boy extraordinaire. By day he still serves cornets and wafers on the North End Road at Scala's...


I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg

by Bill Morgan

In the first biography of Ginsberg since his death in 1997 and the only one to cover the entire span of his life, Ginsberg's archivist Bill Morgan draws on his deep knowledge of Ginsberg's largely unpublished...


William Gibson

by Gary Westfahl

A pioneering full-length study of the creator of cyberpunk


A Summer of Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson

by Christopher Benfey

The country's most noted writers, poets, and artists converge at a singular moment in American life

At the close of the Civil War, the lives of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin...


I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place

by Howard Norman

A memoir of the haunting and redemptive events of the acclaimed writer’s life—the betrayal of a con-man father; a murder-suicide in his family’s house; the presence of an oystercatcher—each one, as the...


Charles Dickens' Favorite Daughter: The Life, Loves, and Art of Katey Dickens Perugini

by Lucinda Hawksley

As the daughter of the most famous writer of the time, Katey Dickens enjoyed a high profile in Victorian society. She pursued her love of painting, acted in her father’s plays, socialized with the Thackerays,...


Inside Out: A Memoir of the Blacklist

by Walter Bernstein

In an immensely alive and pointed memoir by a writer who was himself blacklisted during what Lillian Hellman so aptly called "scoundrel time, " Bernstein recounts his passage from idealist to scapegoat. Chronicling...


The Lodger Shakespeare

by Charles Nicholl

Acclaimed author Charles Nicholl presents a brilliantly drawn detective story with entirely new insights into Shakespeares life. With evidence from a wide variety of sources, Nicholl creates a compelling, detailed...


George Orwell: A Life in Letters

by George Orwell & Peter Davison

Appearing for the first time in one volume, these trenchant letters tell the eloquent narrative of Orwell’s life in his own words. From his school days to his tragic early death, George Orwell, who never wrote...


An Afghanistan Picture Show: Or, How I Saved the World

by William T. Vollmann

Never before available in paperback and all but invisible for twenty years, a personal account of the origins of America's longest war.

In 1982, the young William Vollmann worked odd jobs, including as a secretary...


Amy Lowell Anew: A Biography

by Carl Rollyson

Amy Lowell has been extolled as a founding member of the Imagist group, derided as the “demon saleswoman” of poetry, and shunned as a lesbian, cigar-smoking sensationalist. This provocative biography draws...


Beyond the Last Dragon: A life of Edwin Morgan

by James McGonigal

Edwin Morgan's restless imagination moved easily between multiple worlds, voices and identities. His own life story, told here for the first time, also treveals a range of identities - as academic, cultural...


The Last Editor

by Jim Bellows

The Last Editor is the memoir of Jim Bellows, the editor whose David-and-Goliath battles changed the face of the newspaper business. Bellows struggled to save major competitors of America's three most powerful...


The Autobiography of Mark Twain

by Charles Neider

Due to copyright restrictions, this eBook may not contain all of the images available in the print edition."Mark Twain's autobiography is a classic of American letters, to be ranked with the autobiographies...


The Good Life According to Hemingway

by A. E. Hotchner

In the fourteen years that A. E. Hotchner traveled with Ernest Hemingway, he collected a lifetime's worth of Hemingway's experiences, anecdotes, and observations on the backs of matchbooks, napkins, and slips...


Scott Fitzgerald

by Jeffrey Meyers

Scott Fitzgerald, a romantic and tragic figure who embodied the decades between the two world wars, was a writer who took his material almost entirely from his life. Despite his early success with The Great...


Diaries and Selected Letters

by Mikhail Bulgakov & Roger Cockrell

The first English translation and only edition in print of Bulgakov's diaries and letters

The career of Mikhail Bulgakov, the author of Master and Margarita—now regarded as one of the masterpieces of 20th-century...


The Bohemian Love Diaries: A Memoir

by Slash Coleman

Infused with southern charm, this irresistibly weird and wonderful story chronicles Slash Coleman’s upbringing in a warped but warm-hearted household of eccentric artists. Descended from a posse of off-beat...