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It Goes with the Territory: Memoir of a Poet

by Elaine Feinstein

The first memoir by an influential poet, novelist, and critic, full of literary anecdotes

A prolific author of novels, poetry collections, plays, biographies, and translations, Elaine Feinstein shares the story...

Henry Green at the Limits of Modernism

by Marius Hentea

Providing a theoretically sophisticated and historically nuanced reading of Henry Green’s novels, this work makes the case for his importance in reconsiderations of modernism, late modernism, and postwar realism....

Myself When Young

by Daphne Du Maurier

"An intimate view of a creative richly evocative as any of her novels." --Los Angeles Times

Both in her novels and her memoirs, Daphne du Maurier revealed an ardent desire to explore her family's...

Golden Lads: Sir Francis Bacon, Anthony Bacon, and Their Friends

by Daphne Du Maurier

"Daphne du Maurier has no equal." --Sunday Telegraph

Prior to the publication of Golden Lads, Anthony Bacon was viewed as a footnote in the history of his younger brother, Francis. A fascinating historical figure...

Gerald: A Portrait

by Daphne Du Maurier

"A remarkable book...brilliant comic writing." --The Times (UK)

Sir Gerald du Maurier was the preeminent actor-manager of his day, knighted in 1922 for his services to the theater. Published within six months...

The Infernal World of Branwell Bront

by Daphne Du Maurier

"Miss du Maurier has brought to the art of the biography the narrative urgency which gives such animation to her storytelling." -New York Times Book Review

Pursued by the twin demons of drink and madness, Branwell...

The Winding Stair: Francis Bacon, His Rise and Fall

by Daphne Du Maurier

"Unlike many authors of popular historical biographies, du Maurier resembled Antonia Fraser in being an indefatigable researcher." --Francis King

Many accounts of the life of Francis Bacon have been written...

The Rebecca Notebook: and Other Memories

by Daphne Du Maurier

"In her heartfelt hears the genuine, thoughtful voice of a woman whose works have been loved by millions."-New York Times

Rebecca was one of Daphne du Maurier's greatest bestsellers. It has been...

Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives

by Elizabeth Benedict

Edited and with a contribution by Elizabeth Benedict, thirty of today's brightest literary lights turn their attention to the question of mentorship and influence.

For Denis Johnson, it was Leonard Gardner's...

How I Discovered Poetry

by Marilyn Nelson & Hadley Hooper

A powerful and thought-provoking Civil Rights era memoir from one of America’s most celebrated poets.


Looking back on her childhood in the 1950s, Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Marilyn...

Horton Foote: America's Storyteller

by Wilborn Hampton

No playwright in the history of the American theater has captured the soul of the nation more incisively than Horton Foote.

From his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Young Man From Atlanta, to his film adaptation...

ARTAUD: BLOWS AND BOMBS: The Biography Of Antonin Artaud

by Stephen Barber

Antonin Artaud (1896-1948) remains a massively inspirational figure, worldwide, in contemporary art, film, writing and digital media. In this definitive biography, author Stephen Barber tracks Artaud's extraordinary...

The Charenton Journals: Prison Diaries of a Sadist

by Marquis de Sade

The secret and scandalous journal which the Marquis de Sade risked severe punishment in order to maintain, even when ill and ageing at Charenton asylum, reveals the shadowy life of an exceptional, complex man...

The Hashishin Club

by Theophile Gautier

The Club des Hashischins ("Club of the Hashish-Eaters"), was a Parisian literary group dedicated to the exploration of drug-induced altered states of consciousness, principally through the use of hashish, a...

De Sade: Life And Works

by Iwan Bloch

Iwan Bloch, a pioneer of psycho-sexual studies alongside Krafft-Ebing, was the first biographer of the Marquis de Sade and also the discoverer in 1903 of de Sade's manuscript of The 120 Days Of Sodom, previously...

The Divine Marquis: A Study of De Sade

by Guillaume Apollinaire

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), a rebel poet and general catalyst for the Paris avant-garde of his time, is often regarded as the spiritual forefather of Surrealism (it was he who, in fact, coined the term...

Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement

by Rodney Rothman

Everyone says they would like to retire early, but Rodney Rothman actually did it -- forty years early. Burnt out, he decides at the age of twenty-eight to get an early start on his golden years. He travels...

Steinbeck Remembered: Interviews with Friends and Acquaintances of John Steinbeck

by Lynch Audry

Dr. Audry Lynch, a Steinbeck scholar, has gathered together twenty reminiscences from people who knew John Steinbeck personally. The interviews cover three periods in Steinbeck's life in California: his childhood...

Alfred Jarry: The Man with the Axe

by Nigey Lennon & Bill Griffith

Alfred Jarry (1873-1907) lived fast, died young, and refused to accept objective reality. He was a major influence on artistic movements such as Dada and Surrealism, and his nihilistic 1896 play, "Ubu Roi",...

The Sagebrush Bohemian: Mark Twain's Wild Years

by Nigey Lennon

Most people, including literary biographers and other people who should know better, have a persistent image of Mark Twain as a dyspeptic geezer in a white suit, sourly regarding the world from a rocking chair...