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The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor

by Jonathan Rose

This strikingly original book introduces a Winston Churchill we have not known before. Award-winning author Jonathan Rose explores in tandem Churchill’s careers as statesman and author, revealing the profound...


Hans Christian Andersen: European Witness

by Paul Binding

Rarely does an American or European child grow up without an introduction to Hans Christian Andersen’s "The Ugly Duckling," "The Princess and the Pea," or "Thumbelina." Andersen began publishing his fairy...


Widower's House: A Study in Bereavement, or How Margot and Mella Forced Me to Flee My Home

by John Bayley

A hilarious comedy of errors and a delightful love story by England's most improbable sex symbol. Little did retired professor John Bayley realize when he lost Iris Murdoch, his beloved wife of forty-four years,...


The Source of All Things: A Memoir

by Tracy Ross

Tracy Ross never knew her biological father, who died after a brain aneurysm when she was still an infant. So when her mother married Donnie, a gregarious man with an all-wheel-drive jeep and a love of hiking,...


Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing

by Nina Sankovitch

The author of the much-admired Tolstoy and the Purple Chair goes on a quest through the history of letters and her own personal correspondence to discover and celebrate what is special about the handwritten...


Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War

by Amanda Vaill

A spellbinding story of love amid the devastation of the Spanish Civil War

Madrid, 1936. In a city blasted by a civil war that many fear will cross borders and engulf Europe—a conflict one writer will call...


Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke, 1892-1910

by Rainer maria Rilke, Jane Bannard Greene & M. D. Herter Norton

This representative selection from Rilke's large and extraordinary correspondence provides a kind of spiritual autobiography of the poet. The period here covered reflects all the great experiences of Rilke's...


Greg Egan

by Karen Burnham

This first study of the hard sci-fi pioneer includes a rare interview with Greg Egan


Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs

by Pearl Cleage

In addition to being one of the most popular living playwrights in America, Pearl Cleage is a bestselling author with an Oprah Book Club pick and multiple awards to her credit, but there was a time when such...


Not for Everyday Use: A Memoir

by Elizabeth Nunez

A riveting memoir in which Nunez wrestles with her mother’s determination to have her leave her Trinidadian homeland for America.


You Never Know

by Claire Lorrimer

Author Claire Lorrimer's fascinating autobiography: a rich tapestry of a life and remarkable career that has spanned the twentieth century


All The Dogs Of My Life: A Virago Modern Classic

by Elizabeth von Arnim

First published in 1936, this is the story of Elizabeth von Arnim's extraordinary life - and her equally extraordinary dogs. From her Pomeranian idyll (celebrated in her famous first book, ELIZABETH AND HER...


Wartime Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

by Rainer maria Rilke & M. D. Herter Norton

The letters Rilke wrote during the war and postwar years are of particular interest not only for whatever they may contain of the wisdom of the poet, the artist, and the humanitarian, but for their analysis...


Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours

by Maria Mutch

A transcendent memoir by poet Maria Mutch about the distances that can form between people who should be the closest of all—husband and wife, parent and child, lifelong friends and partners.

Unfolding over...


Rilke and Andreas-Salomé: A Love Story in Letters

by Rainer maria Rilke, Lou Andreas-Salome & Edward Snow

"Immensely readable...a significant piece of scholarship."—Fred Volkmer, New York Sun He would become one of the most important poets of the twentieth century; she a muse of Europe's fin-de-siecle thinkers...


The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature

by Ben Tarnoff

The unforgettable story of the birth of modern America and the western writers who gave voice to its emerging identity

The Bohemians begins in 1860s San Francisco. The Gold Rush has ended; the Civil War threatens...


Thomas Hardy: The World of His Novels

by J. B. Bullen

Thomas Hardy’s Wessex is one of the great literary evocations of place, populated with colourful and dramatic characters. As lovers of his novels and poetry know, this ‘partly real, partly dream-country’...


Literary Life: A Second Memoir

by Larry Mcmurtry

• A critically acclaimed memoirist: McMurtry’s nonfiction works, including his most recent memoir, Books , have received rave reviews from readers and critics alike. In this follow-up to Books , McMurtry...


History of a Suicide: My Sister's Unfinished Life

by Jill Bialosky

“It is so nice to be happy. It always gives me a good feeling to see other people happy. . . . It is so easy to achieve.” —Kim’s journal entry, May 3, 1988

On the night of April 15, 1990, Jill Bialosky’s...


Véra: (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov)

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2000

by Stacy Schiff

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for biography and hailed by critics as both “monumental” (The Boston Globe) and “utterly romantic” (New York magazine), Stacy Schiff’s...