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Anne Frank

by Francine Prose

In June 1942, Anne Frank received a red-and-white- checked diary for her thirteenth birthday, just weeks before she and her family went into hiding in an Amsterdam attic to escape the Nazis. For two years, with...


Updike

by Adam Begley

In this eye-opening, authoritative biography, Adam Begley offers a captivating portrait of John Updike, the author who saw himself as a literary spy in small-town and suburban America, and who dedicated himself...


In My Blood

by John Sedgwick

While working on his second novel, John Sedgwick spiraled into a depression so profound that it very nearly resulted in suicide. An author acclaimed for his intimate literary excursions into the rarified, moneyed...


A Million Years with You: A Memoir of Life Observed

by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

One of our greatest literary naturalists, now in her eighth decade, turns her famed observational eye on herself: how is it that an untrained, self-taught observer and writer could see things that anthropologists...


Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth

by John Garth

"Very much the best book about J.R.R. Tolkien that has yet been written." -- A.N. Wilson

"A highly intelligent book ... Garth displays impressive skills both as researcher and writer." -- Max Hastings

"It is a...


I Can't Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays

by Elinor Lipman

A winning collection of essays about home, love, cooking, politics, and the writing life from the acclaimed novelist.


Everybody into the Pool

by Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick started out as a homecoming princess with a Crisco-aided tan and a bad perm. And then everything changed. Plunging headlong into America's deepest subcultures, while keeping both feet firmly planted...


Modern American Memoirs: 1917-1992

by Annie Dillard

In Modern American Memoirs, two very discerning writers and readers have selected samples from 35 of the finest memoirs written in this century, including contributions by such diverse writers as Margaret Mead,...


Efforts at Truth: An Autobiography

by Nicholas Mosley

As a novelist, biographer, editor, and screenwriter, Nicholas Mosley has always been concerned with the central paradox of writing: if by definition fiction is untrue, and biography never complete, is there...


Creators

by Paul M. Johnson & Paul Johnson

Kingsley Amis described Paul Johnson's Intellectuals as “a valuable and entertaining Rogues' Gallery of Adventures of the Mind.” Now the celebrated journalist and historian offers Creators, a companion volume...


W. Somerset Maugham

by Ivor Brown

Somerset Maugham was an English playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest paid author during the 1930s.

In 1947 Maugham instituted...


Alexandre Dumas: The King of Romance

by F. W. J. Hemmings

The last of Alexandre Dumas's many mistresses, the American actress Adah Menken, called him "the king of romance." She was not thinking only of his immensely popular novels The Three Musketeers and The Count...


The Wild Hills

by Rupert Croft-Cooke

This Latest Volume of Autobiography opens in 1934, in an isolated hamlet in the Cotswolds. Mr. Croft-Gooke was 30 years old. He had published six novels, was earning �300 a year, and considered himself 'an...


The Life and Times of Emile Zola

by F. W. J. Hemmings

Controversy surrounded Zola during his life-time, and controversy has followed him ever since. No other French writer was so violently attacked by contemporaries, none had a more devoted following. This high...


Baudelaire the Damned: A Biography

by F. W. J. Hemmings

First published in 1982, this penetrating, immensely readable biography of the brilliant poet, translator, and art critic, F. W. J. Hemmings gives us a fascinating new perspective on Baudelaire's extraordinary,...


The Wintry Sea

by Rupert Croft-Cooke

Part of Croft-Cooke's series of autobiographical works, The Sensual World.The Author says, 'I have given this book its title because the words seem to fit each of the two journeys it records, journeys which,...


Tolstoy: The Making of a Novelist

by Edward Crankshaw

Tolstoy was not always an old man-not always a bearded patriarch fixing the world with the eye of an angry ancient mariner. He started War and Peace when he was thirty five, and Anna Karenina was finished before...


The Purple Streak

by Rupert Croft-Cooke

In this latest volume in Mr. Croft-Cooke's autobiographical series, he writes about the uneasy world of the 1930 and of Spain before the Civil War.

On a personal level, he tells about his new venture into the...


Evelyn Waugh: Portrait of a Country Neighbour

by Frances Donaldson

In his lifetime, Evelyn Waugh's personality and his attitude to the post-war world aroused almost as much controversy as his works did admiration.

It is with Evelyn Waugh the man as she knew him that Frances...


Chekhov: A Biography

by V.S. Pritchett

V.S. Pritchett explores the connections between Chekhov's life and art, showing how Chekhov often based his fiction on experiences of his difficult early years where he was responsible for his impoverished family,...