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Hemingway: The Homecoming

by Michael Reynolds

The 1920s in Paris are the pivotal years in Hemingway's apprenticeship as a writer, whether sitting in cafes or at the feet of Gertrude Stein.These are the heady times of the Nick Adams short stories, Fitzgerald's...

Hemingway: The Paris Years

by Michael Reynolds

The 1920s in Paris are the pivotal years in Hemingway's apprenticeship as a writer, whether sitting in cafés or at the feet of Gertrude Stein.These are the heady times of the Nick Adams short stories, Fitzgerald's...

A Rage to Live: A Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton

by Mary S. Lovell

An "extraordinary biography" (New York Times Book Review) of a brilliant pair of adventurers.Their marriage was both improbable and inevitable. Isabel Arundell was a schoolgirl, the scion of England's most distinguished...

The White Blackbird: A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter

by Honor Moore

"A striking portrait of a woman artist's struggle for life." -Arthur MillerMargarett Sargent was an icon of avant-garde art in the 1920s. In an evocative weave of biography and memoir, her granddaughter unearths...

Mosaic: A Family Memoir Revisited

by Michael Holroyd

A love story, a detective story, a book of secrets, a beautifully written journey into a forest of family trees.After writing the definitive biographies of Lytton Strachey and George Bernard Shaw, Michael Holroyd...

Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman

by Barbara Leaming

"An absorbing and enjoyable book."-New York Times Book ReviewDrawing on new primary sources, this biography is the first to detail the influence of British history, literature, and culture-in particular, the...

The Bishop's Daughter: A Memoir

by Honor Moore

"An eloquent argument for speaking even the most difficult truths." -New York Times Book ReviewPaul Moore's vocation as an Episcopal priest took him- with his wife, Jenny, and their family of nine children-from...

Railway Man: A POW's Searing Account of War, Brutality and Forgiveness

by Eric Lomax

Here is a remarkable true story of forgiveness--a tremendous testament to the courage that propels one toward remembrance, and finally, peace with the past. A classic war autobiography, The Railway Man is a...

Bernard Shaw: The One-Volume Definitive Edition

by Michael Holroyd

"We regard Mr. Holroyd with awe, as a prodigy among biographers."-The New York Times Book ReviewIn a single-volume format, Michael Holroyd's masterpiece of a biography offers new verve and pace; Shaw's world...

J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets

by Curt Gentry

"The cumulative effect is overwhelming. Eleanor Roosevelt was right: Hoover’s FBI was an American gestapo."—Newsweek Shocking, grim, frightening, Curt Gentry’s masterful portrait of America’s top policeman...

Hemingway: The 1930s through the Final Years (Movie Tie-in Edition)  (Movie Tie-in Editions)

Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs

by Ted Morgan

“Almost indecently readable . . . captures [Burroughs’s] destructive energy, his ferocious pessimism, and the renegade brilliance of his style.”—Vogue With a new preface as well as a final chapter on...

Being Flynn (Movie Tie-in Edition)  (Movie Tie-in Editions)

by Nick Flynn

This "stunningly beautiful memoir" (San Francisco Chronicle) is now a major motion picture starring Robert De Niro and Paul Dano.A Focus Features production, Nick Flynn's moving memoir of his relationship with...

Basil Street Blues: A Memoir

by Michael Holroyd

"A wonderful offbeat memoir.... Holroyd has written perhaps his best book yet."-Ben Macintyre, New York Times Book ReviewRenowned biographer Michael Holroyd had always assumed that his own family was perfectly...

Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe

by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp

"The definitive life of O'Keeffe." -Hilton Kramer, Los Angeles TimesGeorgia O'Keefe (1887?-1986) was one of the most successful American artists of the twentieth century: her arresting paintings of enormous,...

Ramblin' Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie

by Ed Cray & Studs Terkel

The groundbreaking biography, available for the centennial of Woody Guthrie's birth in July 2012.A patriot and a political radical, Woody Guthrie captured the spirit of his times in his enduring songs. Ed Cray,...


Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1982

by William S. McFeely

"Combines scholarly exactness with evocative passages....Biography at its best."-Marcus Cunliffe, The New York Times Book Review; Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.The seminal biography of one of America's towering,...

John Donne: The Reformed Soul: A Biography

by John Stubbs

"Elegantly written, psychologically and historically astute."-Los Angeles Times Book ReviewFrom scholar to buccaneer, from outcast to establishment figure, John Donne emerged as one of the greatest English poets....

Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd

by Michael Wallis

"This engaging biography exactly and vividly catches the tone of a region, a time, and a man."—Larry McMurtryFrom the best-selling author of Billy the Kid and Route 66, a true-life story of a notorious outlaw...

Straight on Till Morning: The Life of Beryl Markham

by Mary S. Lovell

The New York Times bestseller: "Every page is filled with revelations, gossip and fascinating details about Markham."-Diane Ackerman, The New York Times Book ReviewBorn in England and raised in Kenya, Beryl...