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The Secret Life of Aphra Behn

by Janet Todd

�All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn; for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds,� said Virginia Woolf. Yet that tomb, in Westminster Abbey, records...


Zelda Fitzgerald: The Tragic, Meticulously Researched Biography of the Jazz Age's High Priestess

by Sally Cline

Zelda Fitzgerald was the mythical American Dream Girl of the Roaring Twenties who became, in the words of her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, “the first American flapper.” Their romance transformed a symbol...


Salinger

by David Shields & Shane Salerno

Based on eight years of exhaustive research and exclusive interviews with more than 200 people—and published in coordination with the international theatrical release of a major documentary film from the Weinstein...


Enlightenment in Ruins: The Geographies of Oliver Goldsmith

by Michael Griffin

Crossing disciplinary boundaries between eighteenth-century studies and Irish studies, this book explores the geographies and politics of Oliver Goldsmith’s complex and productive negotiation of the London...


Against the Age (Routledge Revivals): An Introduction to William Morris

by Peter Faulkner

Students new to the work of William Morris will find the full range of his achievements covered in this reissue of Peter Faulkner's excellent biography, first published in 1980. The author has carefully placed...


Irrepressible: The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford

by Leslie Brody

Admirers and detractors use the same words to describe Jessica Mitford: subversive, mischief-maker, muckraker. J.K. Rowling calls her her “most influential writer.” Those who knew her best simply called her...


Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: J.R.R. Tolkein

by Colin Duriez

Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: J.R.R. Tolkien is the authoritative collection of the man behind Middle-earth, and his remarkably detailed imaginative world of Hobbits and Elves.

Though undoubtedly an academic,...


Scribblin' for a Livin': Mark Twain's Pivotal Period in Buffalo

by Thomas J. Reigstad

In August 1869, a thirty-three-year-old journalist named Samuel Clemens - or as he was later known, Mark Twain - moved to Buffalo, New York. At the time, he had high hopes of establishing himself as a successful...


Re: Quin

by Robert Buckeye

An unabashedly personal and partisan critical biography of the great British experimentalist of the 1960s. The influential, daring, and lacerating novels of Ann Quin were very much products of their time—but...


Interpreting Synge: Essays from the Synge Summer School, 1991-2000

by Nicolas Grene

John Millington Synge, controversial in his own time and long established as a major figure of world theatre, has nonetheless suffered relative critical neglect. Where his great contemporaries Yeats and Joyce...


What Poets Are Like: Up and Down with the Writing Life

by Gary Soto

Gary Soto is a widely published author of children's and young adult fiction, and he is an acclaimed poet--often referred to as one of the nation's first Chicano poets. With a sharp sense of storytelling and...


Shelley Unbound: Discovering Frankenstein's True Creator

by Scott D. de Hart & Joseph P. Farrell

Who’s the true author of Frankenstein? The evidence and the debate can be found here.


A Mysterious Something in the Light: The Life of Raymond Chandler

by Tom Williams

Drawing on new interviews, previously unpublished letters, and archives, this biography casts a new light on Raymond Chandler, one of the most mysterious of writers. The man revealed was troubled by loneliness...


Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars

by Christopher Merrill

Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars is a chronicle of poet and critic Christopher MerrillOs ten war-time journeys to the Balkans from the years 1992 through 1996. At once a travelogue, a book...


John Buchan: Model Governor General

by J. William Galbraith, David Johnston & Deborah Stewartby

An accomplished Scottish thriller writer, journalist, soldier, spy, and Member of Parliament, John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, was Canada's governor general from 1935 to 1940 and helped draw Canada, Britain,...


Dante: A Life

by R. W. B. Lewis

An insightful biography of Florence?s famous son

Acclaimed biog rap her R.W.B. Lewis traces the life and complex development? emotional, artistic, philosophical?of this supreme poet-historian. Here we meet the...


Raymond Chandler: A Mysterious Something in the Light: A Life

by Tom Williams

What we know of Raymond Chandler is shrouded in secrets and half-truths as deceptive as anything in his magisterial novel The Long Goodbye. Now, drawing on new interviews, previously unpublished letters and...


Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom

by Deborah Yaffe

With warmth and humor, lifelong Janeite Deborah Yaffe opens the door on the quirky, thriving subculture of Jane Austen fandom.


A History of Silence: A Memoir

by Lloyd Jones

From New Zealand's greatest living writer, A History of Silence is a moving and devastating memoir unlike any you have ever read before.

A History of Silence is a book about a country and a broken landscape....


The Winter Sun Shines in: A Life of Masaoka Shi

by Donald Keene

Rather than resist the vast social and cultural changes sweeping Japan in the nineteenth century, the poet Masaoka Shiki (1867–1902) incorporated new Western influences into his country’s native haiku and...