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Anna of All the Russias: A Life of Anna Akhmatova

by Elaine Feinstein

In this definitive biography of the legendary Russian poet, Elaine Feinstein draws on a wealth of newly available material–including memoirs, letters, journals, and interviews with surviving friends and family–to...


The Smoking Diaries Volume 1

by Simon Gray

When he turned sixty-five, the playwright Simon Gray began to keep a diary: not a careful honing of the day's events with a view to posterity but an account of his thoughts as he had them, honestly, turbulently,...


The Smoking Diaries Volume 4

by Simon Gray

Coda is Simon Gray's powerful account of the year in which he struggled to come to terms with terminal lung cancer. Darkly comic depictions of the medical team are set against joyful accounts of sunlit days...


The Smoking Diaries Volume 2

by Simon Gray

As a baby, Simon Gray discovered that he could move his pram while still nestling inside it. 'It was a complete mystery to the adult intelligences, how had he done it, if it was he who had done it, but if not...


The Smoking Diaries Volume 3

by Simon Gray

The final volume of the trilogy that began with The Smoking Diaries finds Simon Gray determined to give up smoking. Really. At last. Can he kick the habit of sixty years? Will he, sometime soon, be able to leave...


Seeds of Fiction: Graham Greene's Adventures in Haiti and Central America 1954-1983

by Bernard Diederich, Pico Iyer & Richard Greene

A major new biography of Graham Greene with extensive new material; exclusive, never-before-seen photographs of Greene on his travels; and full family cooperation

An essential read for fans of literary biography,...


Alasdair Gray: A Secretary's Biography

by Rodge Glass

Glass plays Boswell to Gray's Johnson in this first (and very likely last), imaginative yet rigorous biography of Scotland's greatest living novelist.


American Isis

by Carl Rollyson

On the fiftieth anniversary of her death, a startling new vision of Plath—the first to draw from the recently-opened Ted Hughes archive

The life and work of Sylvia Plath has taken on the proportions of myth. Educated...


The Real Jane Austen

by Paula Byrne

The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things offers a startlingly original look at the revered writer through a variety of key moments, scenes, and objects in her life and work. Going beyond previous traditional...


Soul of the Age

by Hermann Hesse, Mark Marman & Therodore J. Ziolkowski

Throughout his life, Herman Hesse was a devoted letter writer. He corresponded, not just with friends and family, but also with his readers. From his letters home from the seminary at age fourteen, to his last...


Hermann Hesse: A Pictorial Biography

by Hermann Hesse

This album offers a wealth of unknown photographic and textual material which was first discovered among Hesse's literary effects after his death. Over 200 photographs chronicle his family background, his school...


The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

by Janet Malcolm

From the moment it was first published in The New Yorker, this brilliant work of literary criticism aroused great attention. Janet Malcolm brings her shrewd intelligence to bear on the legend of Sylvia Plath...


Denise Levertov: A Poet's Life

by Dana Greene

Kenneth Rexroth called Denise Levertov (1923-1997) "the most subtly skillful poet of her generation, the most profound, . . . and the most moving." Author of twenty-four volumes of poetry, four books of essays,...


John Brunner

by Jad Smith

Under his own name and numerous pseudonyms, John Brunner (1934-1995) was one of the most prolific and influential science fiction authors of the late twentieth century. During his exemplary career, the British...


Heading for Home

by Zahava Hanan

Zahava Hanan's struggle to save her ranch in Alberta from the threat of industrial pollution makes Heading for Home a modern tale on an epic scale.


Eslanda

by Barbara Ransby

Eslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson lived a colorful and amazing life, embroiled in much of the twentieth century's social turmoil and traveling to every corner of the globe to fight for downtrodden and oppressed...


Incest: From ¿A Journal of Love¿ -The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin (1932-1934)

by Anais Nin

The continuation of the story begun in Henry and June, exposing the shattering psychological drama that drove Nin to seek absolution from her psychoanalysts for the ultimate transgression. “It is [Nin’s]...


David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations

by David Foster Wallace

In intimate and eloquent interviews, including the last he gave before his suicide, the writer hailed by A.O. Scott of The New York Times as “the best mind of his generation” considers the state of modern...


Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship

by John B. Radner

In this book John Radner examines the fluctuating, close, and complex friendship enjoyed by Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, from the day they met in 1763 to the day when Boswell published his monumental Life...


Somerset Maugham: A Life

by Jeffrey Meyers

An instinctive and magnificent storyteller, Somerset Maugham was one of the most popular and successful writers of his time. He published seventy-eight books -- including the undisputed classics Of Human Bondage...