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Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World

by Damrosch Leo

Jonathan Swift is best remembered today as the author of Gulliver’s Travels, the satiric fantasy that quickly became a classic and has remained in print for nearly three centuries. Yet Swift also wrote many...


Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life

by Dani Shapiro

“Everything I know about life, I learned from the daily practice of sitting down to write.”

From the best-selling author of Devotion and Slow Motion comes a witty, heartfelt, and practical look at the exhilarating...


Shakespeare Unbound

by René Weis

At last--a key that unlocks the secrets of Shakespeare's life

Intimacies with Southampton and Marlowe, entanglements in London with the elusive dark lady, the probable fathering of an illegitimate son--these...


Jack London

by Alex Kershaw

Raised in poverty as an illegitimate child, Jack London dropped out of school to support his mother, working in mind-deadening jobs that would foster a lifelong interest in socialism. Brilliant and self-taught,...


Daybook, Turn, Prospect: The Journey of an Artist

by Anne Truitt & Audrey Niffenegger

All three of Anne Truitt’s artist’s journals in one e-volume, the illuminating, inspiring record of a woman’s reconciliation of the call of creative work with the demands of daily life—with a new introduction...


Daybook: The Journal of an Artist

by Anne Truitt & Audrey Niffenegger

Renowned American artist Anne Truitt kept this illuminating and inspiring journal over a period of seven years, determined to come to terms with the forces that shaped her art and life. Her range of sensitivity—moral,...


Wilkie Collins's American Tour, 1873-4

by Susan R Hanes

In the autumn of 1873, Wilkie Collins followed the example of fellow literary celebrities Dickens and Thackeray, and began a six-month reading tour of America. This book places this tour within the American...


Q&A Shakespeare: ... Off the Record

by Stanley Wells & Joseph Fiennes

Wordsmith. Poet. Genius.Shakespeare's iconic status as a poet and dramatist has come to represent what it means to be a genius, and his words have given us a means of expressing every emotion.


Marcel Proust: A Life

by Edmund White

If there is anyone worthy of producing an intimate biography of the enigmatic genius behind Remembrance of Things Past, it is Edmund White, himself an award- winning writer for whom Marcel Proust has long been...


Norman Mailer: A Double Life

by J. Michael Lennon

The “glorious…sweeping, full-scale biography” of Norman Mailer, the famous novelist, journalist, and public figure: “There’s not a paragraph in this enormous book that doesn’t contain a nugget of...


Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure

by Artemis Cooper

Patrick Leigh Fermor’s enviably colorful life took off when in 1934, at the age of eighteen, he decided to walk across Europe. In just over a year he had trekked through nine countries and taught himself three...


Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons of On the Road (They're Not What You Think)

by John Leland

Legions of youthful Americans have taken On the Road as a manifesto for rebellion and an inspiration to hit the road. But there is much more to the book than that. In Why Kerouac Matters, John Leland embarks...


North of Normal

by Cea Sunrise Person

In the late 1960s, Cea Sunrise Person's subversive family fled to the Canadian wilderness to grow pot, embrace free love, and live off the land. A riveting memoir of growing up off the grid amid multiple generations...


Roth Unbound

by Claudia Roth Pierpont

A critical evaluation of Philip Roth--the first of its kind--that takes on the man, the myth, and the work

Philip Roth is one of the most renowned writers of our time. From his debut, Goodbye, Columbus, which...


Holding On Upside Down

by Linda Leavell

Winner of the Plutarch Award for the Best Biography of 2013

A mesmerizing and essential biography of the modernist poet Marianne Moore

The Marianne Moore that survives in the popular imagination is dignified,...


Tolstoy: Tales of Courage and Conflict

by Count Leo Tolstoy

36 stories by one of the world's masters of literature, Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)


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,...


The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem: The Remarkable Life and Afterlife of the Man Who Created Tevye

by Jeremy Dauber

Part of the Jewish Encounters series

The first comprehensive biography of one of the most beloved authors of all time: the creator of Tevye the Dairyman, the collection of stories that inspired Fiddler on the...


The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget's Thesaurus

by Joshua Kendall

In the tradition of The Professor and the Madman, a "brisk and vivid"( Los Angeles Times) account of an obsessive scholar.

Polymath, eccentric, and synonym aficionado, Peter Mark Roget had a host of female admirers,...


Life on the Mississippi: (A Modern Library E-Book)

by Mark Twain

'I am a person who would quit authorizing in a minute to go to piloting,' Mark Twain once remarked. 'I would rather sink a steamboat than eat, any time.' And in 1882, Twain did just that: he returned to the...