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Tales of the Argonauts (Serapis Classics)

by Bret Harte

The Argonauts are the gold seekers of 1849 and the years immediately following. These adventurers came from all quarters of the globe and all ranks of society, and they had in common only the possession of the...


Roads of Destiny (Serapis Classics)

by O. Henry

"A collection of short stories, some funny, with twist endings. O.Henry's style is witty, but sometimes difficult to understand. He often introduces his stories with his view on American history and society,...


The People of the Abyss

by Jack London

A masterpiece of reportage, The People of the Abyss is a riveting first-hand account of Jack London’s life on the streets in the East End of London in 1902.  The writer lived in homeless shelters incognito...


Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading

by Nina Sankovitch

“NinaSankovitch has crafted a dazzling memoir that remindsus of the most primal function of literature-to heal, to nurture and to connectus to our truest selves." —Thrity Umrigar, author of The Space Between...


Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1999

by Judith Thurman

A scandalously talented stage performer, a practiced seductress of both men and women, and the flamboyant author of some of the greatest works of twentieth-century literature, Colette was our first true superstar....


Art and Madness: A Memoir of Lust Without Reason

by Anne Roiphe

Luminous and intensely personal, Art and Madness recounts the lost years of Anne Roiphe’s twenties, when the soon-to-be-critically-acclaimed author put her dreams of becoming a writer on hold to devote herself...


J.O. Francis, realist drama and ethics: culture, place and nation

by Alyce von Rothkirch

Developing an ethical literary theory of place, this book rediscovers and re-evaluates the work of the Welsh dramatist J. O. Francis, placing his work within the context of the vibrant amateur dramatic scene...


Dylan Thomas

by Walford Davies

An authoritative introduction by a leading Dylan Thomas scholar to the nature, cultural background, achievement and critical reception of this major poet's work.


Amy Dillwyn

by David Painting

A biography of Amy Dillwyn (1845-1935), based largely on her diaries, novelist and extraordinary woman of exceptional spirit and personality born into one of Swansea's most distinguished families, who inherited...


The Road to San Giovanni

by Italo Calvino & Tim Parks

Heartfelt, affecting, and wise, the essay collection The Road to San Giovanni offers Italo Calvino’s reflections on his own life and work in five elegant "memory exercises."


If It Die

by André Gide

This is the major autobiographical statement from Nobel laureate André Gide. In the events and musings recorded here we find the seeds of those themes that obsessed him throughout his career and imbued his...


The World Is What It Is

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography 2008

by Patrick French

The first major biography of V.S. Naipaul, the controversial and enigmatic Nobel laureate: a stunning writer whose only stated ambition was greatness, in pursuit of which goal nothing else was sacred.

Beginning...


May Sarton: Biography

by Margot Peters

The first biography of May Sarton: a brilliant revelation of the life and work of a literary figure who influenced her thousands of readers not only by her novels and poetry, but by her life and her writings...


The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad

by John Stape

* Please note: The eBook version of this title is slightly different from the paperback version. While the textual content remains the same, the illustrations/photographs were removed from the eBook version...


George Bowering: Bright Circles of Colour

by Eva-Marie Kroller

The first book-length, critical study of George Bowering explores the relationship between his work and the arts.


No Gifts from Chance: A Biography of Edith Wharton

by Shari Benstock

A biography of the noted author, tracing her evolution from shy debutante to the social chronicler of her age.


A Mark Twain Christmas

by Carlo Devito

Filled with the remarkable wit and humor of America's favorite storyteller, A Mark Twain Christmas gives readers insight into Twain's life through little known stories about how he and his family celebrated...


Alejo Carpentier: The Pilgrim at Home

by Roberto González Echevarría

Alejo Carpentier was one of the greatest Latin American novelists of the twentieth century, as well as a musicologist, journalist, cultural promoter, and diplomat. His fictional world issues from an encyclopedic...


Mario Vargas Llosa: A Life of Writing

by Raymond Leslie Williams

Awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010 at the age of seventy-four, Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has held pivotal roles in the evolution and revolutions of modern Latin American literature. Perhaps surprisingly,...


José Martí: A Revolutionary Life

by Alfred J. López

José Martí (1853-1895) was the founding hero of Cuban independence. In all of modern Latin American history, arguably only the "Great Liberator" Simón Bolívar rivals Martí in stature and legacy. Beyond...