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Hildegard of Bingen: The Woman of Her Age

by Fiona Maddocks

Best known today as a fine composer, the twelfth-century German abbess Hildegard of Bingen was also a religious leader and visionary, a poet, naturalist and writer of medical treatises. Despite her cloistered...


With Friends Possessed: A Life of Edward FitzGerald

by Robert Bernard Martin

'[Edward] FitzGerald (1809-1883) won a small piece of immortality with his translation-adaptation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam... but in every other way he seems to have successfully avoided fulfilment. A...


William Beckford: Composing for Mozart

by Timothy Mowl

William Beckford had two lives: one real and sensational, the other an elegant forgery he invented in retirement after the young Disraeli mischievously sent him a homoerotic epic based loosely on Beckford's...


Thackeray: Prodigal Genius

by John Carey

A new approach to Thackeray. Although this study embraces all his work, it switches attention from his late novels, and bases the case for his imaginative vitality on the multifarious material - reviews, travel...


Fire of Life

by Henry W. Nevinson

Henry Woodd Nevinson (1856-1941) was a scholar and socialist who found his métier on the cusp of the twentieth century, as a war correspondent who would go on to chronicle the major wars and civil conflicts...


My Brother Benjamin

by Beth Britten

'People are always asking, 'Aren't you proud of your famous brother?' I was, of course, but often wished he was not so famous so that one could see more of this brother who was such a joy to be with. Janet Baker...


John Barry: A Sixties Theme: From James Bond to Midnight Cowboy

by Eddi Fiegel

Arguably the most important popular British composer of the 20th century, John Barry (1933-2011) enjoyed a career that spanned over fifty years, in which time he won five Academy Awards for pictures including...


Ranji: Prince of Cricketers

by Alan Ross

Indian prince, Sussex and England cricketer, K.S. Ranjitsinhji was unique in many ways. W.G. Grace predicted that there would not be another batsman like 'Ranji' for a hundred years; arguably we are still waiting....


Christina Rossetti: A Literary Biography

by Jan Marsh

'Jan Marsh's book is the best researched and fullest biography of Rossetti we have yet had.' Fiona MacCarthy, New York Review of Books 'Although never formally part of the Pre-Raphaelite poetic school, which...


Memoirs of an Unjust Fella

by J. M. Richards

Memoirs of an Unjust Fella, first published in 1980, is the autobiography of James Maude Richards (1907-1992): a personal account from the heart of the twentieth century's high controversies over modern architecture....


Marie Antoinette's Head: The Royal Hairdresser, the Queen, and the Revolution

by Will Bashor

Winner of the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Scholarship

Marie Antoinette has remained atop the popular cultural landscape for centuries for the daring in style and fashion that she brought to 18th century...


A.E. Housman: Classical Scholar

by David Butterfield & Christopher Stray

A.E. Housman (1859-1936) was a man of many apparent contradictions, most of which remain unresolved 150 years after his birth. At once a deeply emotive lyric poet and a precise and dedicated classical scholar,...


Lost Earth: A Life of Cezanne

by Philip Callow

This first life of Cézanne in more than a quarter-century offers a vital reassessment of the invisible genius at the very inception of modern art. "Fresh, boldly psychological, and energetically descriptive...an...


All in All: An Actor's Life On and Off the Stage

by Stacy Keach & Alec Baldwin

Stacy Keach is known for movie roles like Fat City and American History X and the television series Titus, and of course Mike Hammer, but he's also revered in the industry as a serious actor who's passionate...


Pope John XXIII: A Life

by Thomas Cahill

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


Puck Kirby Puckett

by Chuck Carlson

This is the story of Kirby Puckett and his remarkable journey from the projects of the south.


In The Boat With LBJ

by John L. Bullion

When Waddy Bullion refers to his experience working for LBJ as a tax attorney and business advisor, he calls it "being in the boat." LBJ was the captain; the crew either met his standards for effort and excellence...


Dixie Chicks: Down-Home and Backstage

by James L. Dickerson

The Dixie Chicks hold a prominent position in the music business as one of only two female bands that have succeeded in the pop charts in the 1990s. Today, their sassy attitudes, funky style of dress, and updated...


Rostenkowski: The Pursuit of Power and the End of the Old Politics

by Richard E. Cohen

This scrupulous political biography of Dan Rostenkowski follows his rise to power from modest origins in the Democratic ward politics of Chicago's Polish northwest side, through his national legislative triumphs,...


The Cinema of Robert Zemeckis

by Norman Kagan

Kagan unlocks the mind behind the making of these diverse and groundbreaking hits-appraising each work's appeal while placing it in the context of Zemeckis's career.