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The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

by Janet Malcolm

From the moment it was first published in The New Yorker, this brilliant work of literary criticism aroused great attention. Janet Malcolm brings her shrewd intelligence to bear on the legend of Sylvia Plath...

The Man to See

by Evan Thomas

This bestselling biography of legendary trial lawyer Edward Bennett Williams is "a skillful and lively portrait of a larger-than-life lawyer" (Kirkus Reviews).

Legendary attorney Edward Bennet Williams was arguably...

Life of William Blake

by , Alexander Gilchrist

Despite the flow of books on William Blake, this first full-length life biography published in 1863 remains essential to those who would understand one of the greatest of Englishmen, for the author, Alexander...

The Letters of Marie Antoinette, Fersen and Barnave

by , O. Heidenstam

Contents Include: Fersen at Versailles and in America Fersen as Colonel of "Le Royal Suedois" The Flight to Varennes, Relations with Barnave The Queen's Intervention with the Emperor and the Emigrant Princes...

Bolero - The Life of Maurice Ravel

by , Madeleine Goss

A charming biography of Maurice Ravel, showing the relationships and events that shaped the music of France's most successful composer. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s...

Johann Strauss - Father and Son - A Century of Light Music

by , H. Jacob

A fascinating and insightful biography of one of the greatest composers of all time, Johann Strauss. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce...


by , Henry James

This classic book contains the biography of the 19th Century American novelist and short-story writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before,...

The Life and Ideas of the Marquis de Sade

by , Geoffrey Gorer

This classic book is on the life and ideas of the Marquis De Sade, the notorious sexual libertine and controversial writer, and will make an excellent addition to the bookshelf of anyone with an interest in...

Jim Bridger - Greatest of the Mountain Men

by , Shannon Garst

This classic book is the biography of Jim Bridger, and would be an excellent addition to the bookshelf of anyone with an interest in American history. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back...

An Intriguing Life: A Memoir of War, Washington, and Marriage to an American Spymaster

by Cynthia Helms & Chris Black

From wartime England to Nixon’s America and beyond, Cynthia Helms was witness to some of the seminal events of our time—Vietnam, Watergate, and especially the demoralization of the CIA in the 1970s for political...

The Stars Bear Witness: An organizer of Jewish resistance in Warsaw, and one of its few survivors, tells of five years of epic heroism, pursuit, and m

by Bernard Goldstein & Leonard Shatzkin

Bernard Goldstein was a prominent Polish socialist, union organizer and Bund leader in the pivotal years of 1920 and 1921. He became active as a leader of the Jewish resistance movement in German-occupied Poland,...

Boys of the Cloth: The Accidental Role of Church Reforms in Causing and Curbing Abuse by Priests

by Vincent J. Miles

Boys of the Cloth presents a unique analysis of the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, combining a first-hand account of seminary life during the 1960s with a review of scientific knowledge about abusive...

Robert Ashley

by Kyle Gann

_x000B_This book explores the life and works of the pioneering opera composer Robert Ashley, one of the leading American composers of the post-Cage generation. Ashley's innovations began in the 1960s when he,...

Dirty Diaries

by Bayo David

Judas Duncan was born dirt poor. Through hard work, he manages to become a professor of criminology by the age of 25. His good looks and promising future all come to a crashing halt one day when he is arrested...

Denise Levertov: A Poet's Life

by Dana Greene

Kenneth Rexroth called Denise Levertov (1923-1997) "the most subtly skillful poet of her generation, the most profound, . . . and the most moving." Author of twenty-four volumes of poetry, four books of essays,...

John Brunner

by Jad Smith

Under his own name and numerous pseudonyms, John Brunner (1934-1995) was one of the most prolific and influential science fiction authors of the late twentieth century. During his exemplary career, the British...

Sissieretta Jones: "The Greatest Singer of Her Race," 1868-1933

by Maureen D. Lee

A biography of a distinguished African American musical pioneer.

Beyond the Homestretch: What Saving Racehorses Taught Me about Starting Over, Facing Fear, and Finding My Inner Cowgirl

by Lynn Reardon

Lynn Reardon presents a vivid inside look into the world of horse racing, beautifully depicting the insights horses can offer when we reevaluate our relationship with them.

Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery

by Herbie J. Pilato

Based on exclusive interviews, this book includes never-before published material from those associated with Elizabeth Montgomery's remarkable life before, during, and after Bewitched. It also explores her political...

After the Rebellion: The later years of William Lyon Mackenzie

by Lilian F. Gates

This comprehensive book on William Lyon Mackenzie's later life focuses first on the period 1838-1849, Mackenzie's years in exile in the United States.