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Dared And Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning

by Julia Markus

A Riveting and brilliant work of biography. The story of two great English poets, Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, whose work was immediately recognized and adored by their contemporaries, whose courtship...


Walter Pater: Lover of Strange Souls

by Denis Donoghue

A TWENTIETH-CENTURY intellectual of the first rank presents the case for the nineteenth-century aesthetician whose elegant subversions delivered us to modernism. Walter Pater (1839-1894) was an obscure Oxford...


Seeing Mary Plain: A Life of Mary McCarthy

by Frances Kiernan

A revealing portrait of the dramatic life of writer and intellectual Mary McCarthy. From her Partisan Review days to her controversial success as the author of The Group, to an epic libel battle with Lillian...


Wordsworth: A Life

by Juliet Barker

The figure of William Wordsworth looms over the nineteenth century like a presiding genius. Sage, seer, and Poet Laureate, Wordsworth was revered by his Victorian contemporaries as a writer of tender, lyrical...


College of One

by Sheilah Graham

The moving story of how F. Scott Fitzgerald—washed up, alcoholic and ill—dedicated himself to devising a heartfelt course in literature for the woman he loved.

In 1937, on the night of her engagement to the...


The Life of Sir Walter Scott: A Biography

by S. Fowler Wright

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) is one of the best-loved Scottish writers. Beginning with a series of poetry collections and nonfiction works, Scott quickly became known as a rising force in British letters. But...


The Life of Ezra Pound

by Noel Stock

First published in 1970, this is a detailed and balanced biography of one of the most controversial literary figures of the twentieth century. Ezra Pound, an American who left home for Venice and London at the...


William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism

by Robert D. Richardson

Pivotal member of the Metaphysical Club, author of The Varieties of Religious Experience, older brother of extraordinary siblings Henry and Alice, the remarkable William James put an indelible stamp on psychology,...


Singing My Him Song

by Malachy McCourt

Malachy McCourt, bestselling author of A Monk Swimming, shares the extraordinary story of how he went from living the headlong and heedless life of a world-class drunk to becoming a sober, loving father and...


The Writing Life

by Annie Dillard

Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A gregarious recluse,...


When I Was Cool

by Sam Kashner

First student of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Sam Kashner tells with humor and grace his life with the Beats. But the best story is Kashner himself -- the coming-of-age of a young man in the...


The Zen of Being Grumpy

by Mark Lawson

Are you proud to be politically incorrect, loathing alternate therapies and green activists, then this irreverent send-up of our modern culture's fashionable obsessions is for you. Mark Lawson, whose heroes...


Enid Blyton at Old Thatch

by Tess Livingstone

Includes 23 colour and black and white photographs. For Enid Blyton, Old Thatch was "a wonderful place to write stories in." From her 400 year old home to the surrounding Thames Valley, where she set her most...


The Difficulty of Being

by Jean Cocteau & Elizabeth Sprigge

Reflections on life and art from the legendary filmmaker-novelist-poet-genius.

By the time he published The Difficulty of Being in 1947, Jean Cocteau had produced some of the most respected films and literature...


Desert Flower

by Waris Dirie & Cathleen Miller

Waris Dirie leads a double life -- by day, she is an international supermodel and human rights ambassador for the United Nations; by night, she dreams of the simplicity of life in her native Somalia and the...


Lytton Strachey: The New Biography

by Michael Holroyd

"A triumphant success. . . . His prose is confident, clear . . . occasionally perfect." -Dennis Potter, The Times (London)"It is impossible to suppose that this 'Life' will ever be superseded . . . the best...


Book Business: Publishing Past, Present, and Future

by Jason Epstein

"An irresistible book about Grub Street, authorship and the literary marketplace."—Washington Post Book World  Jason Epstein has led arguably the most creative career in book publishing during the past...


Smashed in the USSR: Fear, Loathing and Vodka on the Steppes

by Caroline Walton & Ivan Petrov

For forty years Ivan Petrov careered, stumbled, staggered and rampaged all over the vast Soviet empire. Homeless (an illegal condition in the communist utopia), in and out of prison camps, almost always drunk,...


Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited

by Vladimir Nabokov

Speak, Memory, first published in 1951 as Conclusive Evidence and then assiduously revised in 1966, is an elegant and rich evocation of Nabokov's life and times, even as it offers incisive insights into his...


Inside Dickens' London

by Michael Paterson

This is a fascinating, evocative account of 19th-century London, so well known from Charles Dickens' much-loved novels. It draws on descriptions of life in the capital from original letters, diaries and newspapers,...