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George Orwell: A Life in Letters

by George Orwell & Peter Davison

Appearing for the first time in one volume, these trenchant letters tell the eloquent narrative of Orwell’s life in his own words. From his school days to his tragic early death, George Orwell, who never wrote...


An Afghanistan Picture Show: Or, How I Saved the World

by William T. Vollmann

Never before available in paperback and all but invisible for twenty years, a personal account of the origins of America's longest war.

In 1982, the young William Vollmann worked odd jobs, including as a secretary...


Amy Lowell Anew: A Biography

by Carl Rollyson

Amy Lowell has been extolled as a founding member of the Imagist group, derided as the “demon saleswoman” of poetry, and shunned as a lesbian, cigar-smoking sensationalist. This provocative biography draws...


Beyond the Last Dragon: A life of Edwin Morgan

by James McGonigal

Edwin Morgan's restless imagination moved easily between multiple worlds, voices and identities. His own life story, told here for the first time, also treveals a range of identities - as academic, cultural...


The Last Editor

by Jim Bellows

The Last Editor is the memoir of Jim Bellows, the editor whose David-and-Goliath battles changed the face of the newspaper business. Bellows struggled to save major competitors of America's three most powerful...


The Autobiography of Mark Twain

by Charles Neider

Due to copyright restrictions, this eBook may not contain all of the images available in the print edition."Mark Twain's autobiography is a classic of American letters, to be ranked with the autobiographies...


The Good Life According to Hemingway

by A. E. Hotchner

In the fourteen years that A. E. Hotchner traveled with Ernest Hemingway, he collected a lifetime's worth of Hemingway's experiences, anecdotes, and observations on the backs of matchbooks, napkins, and slips...


Scott Fitzgerald

by Jeffrey Meyers

Scott Fitzgerald, a romantic and tragic figure who embodied the decades between the two world wars, was a writer who took his material almost entirely from his life. Despite his early success with The Great...


Diaries and Selected Letters

by Mikhail Bulgakov & Roger Cockrell

The first English translation and only edition in print of Bulgakov's diaries and letters

The career of Mikhail Bulgakov, the author of Master and Margarita—now regarded as one of the masterpieces of 20th-century...


The Bohemian Love Diaries: A Memoir

by Slash Coleman

Infused with southern charm, this irresistibly weird and wonderful story chronicles Slash Coleman’s upbringing in a warped but warm-hearted household of eccentric artists. Descended from a posse of off-beat...


From the Frontline: The Extraordinary Life of Sir Basil Clarke

by Richard Evans

From the Frontline is the first biography of Sir Basil Clarke, the First World War newspaper correspondent and father of the UK's public relations industry. Clarke defied a ban on reporters by living as a 'outlaw'...


Kipling

by Jad Adams

A reappraisal of a deeply controversial though great writer, as deeply hated as he was loved.


Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery

by Maxine Kumin

"Here is a singular story of survival, an earthly miracle wrought by family devotion, gardens, horses, guts. A compelling read."—Carolyn Heilbrun In July 1998, when Maxine Kumin's horse bolted at a carriage-driving...


Virginia Woolf

by Nigel Nicolson

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks

Macavity Best Mystery-Related Nonfiction 2011, Agatha Award for Best Non-Fiction 2010

by John Curran

A fascinating exploration of the contents of Agatha Christie's seventy-three private notebooks, including illustrations and two unpublished Poirot stories

When Agatha Christie died in 1976, at age eighty-five,...


Jorge Luis Borges: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations

by Jorge Luis Borges & Kit Maude

“Believe me: the benefits of blindness have been greatly exaggerated. If I could see, I would never leave the house, I’d stay indoors reading the many books that surround me.”

—Jorge Luis Borges

Days...


Brendan Behan: A Life

by Michael O'Sullivan

Hailed as the new O'Casey by Irish critics in 1958, Behan is now often portrayed as the archetypal Irishman and spectacular drunk. Behind the myth lies the more compelling story of a writer who was never able...


Rose Boys: Text Classics

by Peter Rose & Brian Matthews

Robert Rose was a promising cricketer and footballer in the mould of his father, Bob, Collingwood's greatest player. Robert's brother, Peter, was on the way to a literary career as a poet and later a publisher....


An Incompatible Passion: A Play in 3 Acts

by Nigel Patten

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An Incompatible Passion tells the dramatized history of the last three months in the life of the controversial poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley.

In the spring of 1822, Percy and his second wife, Mary Woolstonecroft,...


Scenes from a Writers Life

by Ruskin Bond

The making of a writer Ruskin Bond's first full-fledged autobiographical book covers his -formative years,' till the age of twenty-one. The world of Anglo-India, with all its conflicting pulls, comes alive as...