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The Life of Captain Frederick Marryat

by David Hannay

The First Book of the Marryat Cycle ""If you seek to understand nautical fiction, you must start with Frederick Marryat."" People the world over have thrilled to the fictional exploits of Horatio Hornblower,...


Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay

by Nancy Milford

Thirty years after the smashing success of Zelda, Nancy Milford returns with a stunning second act. Savage Beauty is the portrait of a passionate, fearless woman who obsessed American ever as she tormented herself....


Jane Austen for Dummies

by Joan Elizabeth , PhD Klingel Ray

Explains Austen's methods, motivations, and morals

The fun and easy way(r) to understand and enjoy Jane Austen

Want to know more about Jane Austen? This friendly guide gives the scoop on her life, works, and lasting...


Wish You Were Here: The Official Biography of Douglas Adams

by Nick Webb

It all started when Douglas Adams demolished planet Earth in order to make way for an intergalactic expressway–and then invited everyone to thumb a ride on a comical cosmic road trip with the likes of Arthur...


Intimate Stranger

by Breyten Breytenbach

Addressed to a young writer, Intimate Stranger is an eclectic and generous work flowing with insight and wit. Breytenbach's candid and provocative reflections on reading and writing guide without guiding,...


Drifting Home: A Family's Voyage of Discovery Down the Wild Yukon River

by Berton Pierre

In the 1970s, Pierre Berton and his family recreated the trip down the Yukon made by his father, Francis George Berton, in 1898. This compelling story of the later journey is a valentine from son to father,...


Mark Twain's Other Woman

by Laura Skandera Trombley

Laura Skandera Trombley, the preeminent Twain scholar at work today, reveals the never-before-read letters and daily journals of Isabel Lyon, Mark Twain’s last personal secretary.

 

For six years, Isabel Lyon...


Sherlock Holmes For Dummies

by Steven Doyle & David A. Crowder

Get a comprehensive guide to this important literary figure and his author.

A classic literary character, Sherlock Holmes has fascinated readers for decades -- from his repartee with Dr. Watson and his unparalleled...


Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City

by Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen first visited London from a chair in her suburban Philadelphia home—in one of her beloved childhood mystery novels. She has been back to London countless times since, through the pages of books...


In the Absence of Sun: A Korean American Woman's Promise to Reunite Three Lost Generations of Her Family

by Helie Lee

A breathtaking true story of a rescue mission undertaken by a young woman and her family in one of the most repressive countries in the world.

Helie Lee often had heard her grandmother speak of an uncle, lost...


Louis Riel: Firebrand

by Sharon Stewart

Kilbourn vividly brings to life the rebel Canadian hero William Lyon Mackenzie: able political editor, first mayor of Toronto, and the gadfly of the House of Assembly.


Gabrielle Roy

by André Vanasse

In 1945, Roy's first novel, The Tin Flute, skyrocketed her to fame and earned her the prestigious Prix Femina award in France and the Governor General's Award in Canada.


Robertson Davies: Magician of Words

by Nicholas Maes

Robertson Davies (1913-1995) was one of Canada's pre-eminent literary voices for more than a half-century. Best known for his Deptford Trilogy of novels (Fifth Business, The Manticore, World of Wonders), Davies...


Thoughts without Cigarettes: A Memoir

by Oscar Hijuelos

A beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist turns his pen to the real people and places that have influenced his life and literature.  A comprehensive look into the mind of a writer.

Born in Manhattan’s Morningside...


Letters from Bishopsbourne: Three Writers in an English Village

by Christopher Scoble

Letters from Bishopsbourne is a collective biography of three of the most distinguished stylists writing in the English language, who lived and died in the small village of Bishopsbourne just south of Canterbury...


Mark Twain: Man in White: The Grand Adventure of His Final Years

by Michael Shelden

One day in late 1906, seventy-one-year-old Mark Twain attended a meeting on copyright law at the Library of Congress. The arrival of the famous author caused the usual stir—but then Twain took off his overcoat...


Yehuda Halevi

by Hillel Halkin

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

A masterly biography of Yehuda Halevi, one of the greatest of Hebrew poets and a shining example of the synthesis of religion and culture that defined the golden age of medieval...


Childhood: An English Translation

by Maksim Gorky

Aleksey Peshkov overcame indigence, violence, and suicidal despair to become Maksim Gorky, one of the most widely read and influential writers of the twentieth century. Childhood, the first book in Gorky's acclaimed...


Joseph Brodsky: A Literary Life

by Lev Loseff & Jane Ann Miller

The work of Joseph Brodsky (1940-;1996), one of Russia';s great modern poets, has been the subject of much study and debate. His life, too, is the stuff of legend, from his survival of the siege of Leningrad...


Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

by Jay A. Gertzman

Samuel Roth is known to most literary scholars as a bold literary "pirate" for issuing unauthorized editions of modernist sensations, including Ulysses and Lady Chatterley's Lover.

In the absence of an international...