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Dear Mr. Longfellow: Letters to and from the Children's Poet

by Sydelle Pearl

If you were attending school in the late-nineteenth century, it's very likely that your teacher would have taught you to memorize lines from "The Village Blacksmith" by renowned poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow....


Ernst Toller and German Society: Intellectuals as Leaders and Critics, 1914-1939

by Robert Ellis

Between 1918 and 1939 Ernst Toller was one of Germany’s prominent left-wing intellectuals, He was a leader of the German Revolution of 1918-1919, famous playwright of the 1920s and best known spokesman against...


Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children's Tales

by Marta McDowell

There aren't many books more beloved than The Tale of Peter Rabbit and even fewer authors as iconic as Beatrix Potter. More than 150 million copies of her books have sold worldwide and interest in her work and...


Susan Sontag: The Complete Rolling Stone Interview

by Cott Jonathan

“One of my oldest crusades is against the distinction between thought and feeling, which is really the basis of all anti-intellectual views: the heart and the head, thinking and feeling, fantasy and judgment...


Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World

by Damrosch Leo

Jonathan Swift is best remembered today as the author of Gulliver’s Travels, the satiric fantasy that quickly became a classic and has remained in print for nearly three centuries. Yet Swift also wrote many...


Still Writing: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life

by Dani Shapiro

“Everything I know about life, I learned from the daily practice of sitting down to write.”

From the best-selling author of Devotion and Slow Motion comes a witty, heartfelt, and practical look at the exhilarating...


Shakespeare Unbound

by René Weis

At last--a key that unlocks the secrets of Shakespeare's life Intimacies with Southampton and Marlowe, entanglements in London with the elusive dark lady, the probable fathering of an illegitimate son--these...


Jack London

by Alex Kershaw

Raised in poverty as an illegitimate child, Jack London dropped out of school to support his mother, working in mind-deadening jobs that would foster a lifelong interest in socialism. Brilliant and self-taught,...


Daybook, Turn, Prospect: The Journey of an Artist

by Anne Truitt & Audrey Niffenegger

All three of Anne Truitt’s artist’s journals in one e-volume, the illuminating, inspiring record of a woman’s reconciliation of the call of creative work with the demands of daily life—with a new introduction...


Daybook: The Journal of an Artist

by Anne Truitt & Audrey Niffenegger

Renowned American artist Anne Truitt kept this illuminating and inspiring journal over a period of seven years, determined to come to terms with the forces that shaped her art and life. Her range of sensitivity—moral,...


Wilkie Collins's American Tour, 1873-4

by Susan R Hanes

In the autumn of 1873, Wilkie Collins followed the example of fellow literary celebrities Dickens and Thackeray, and began a six-month reading tour of America. This book places this tour within the American...


Q&A Shakespeare: ... Off the Record

by Stanley Wells & Joseph Fiennes

Wordsmith. Poet. Genius.Shakespeare's iconic status as a poet and dramatist has come to represent what it means to be a genius, and his words have given us a means of expressing every emotion.


Marcel Proust: A Life

by Edmund White

If there is anyone worthy of producing an intimate biography of the enigmatic genius behind Remembrance of Things Past, it is Edmund White, himself an award- winning writer for whom Marcel Proust has long been...


Norman Mailer: A Double Life

by J. Michael Lennon

The “glorious…sweeping, full-scale biography” of Norman Mailer, the famous novelist, journalist, and public figure: “There’s not a paragraph in this enormous book that doesn’t contain a nugget of...


Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure

by Artemis Cooper

Patrick Leigh Fermor’s enviably colorful life took off when in 1934, at the age of eighteen, he decided to walk across Europe. In just over a year he had trekked through nine countries and taught himself three...


Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons of On the Road (They're Not What You Think)

by John Leland

Legions of youthful Americans have taken On the Road as a manifesto for rebellion and an inspiration to hit the road. But there is much more to the book than that. In Why Kerouac Matters, John Leland embarks...


North of Normal

by Cea Sunrise Person

In the late 1960s, Cea Sunrise Person's subversive family fled to the Canadian wilderness to grow pot, embrace free love, and live off the land. A riveting memoir of growing up off the grid amid multiple generations...


Roth Unbound

by Claudia Roth Pierpont

A critical evaluation of Philip Roth—the first of its kind—that takes on the man, the myth, and the work

Philip Roth is one of the most renowned writers of our time. From his debut, Goodbye, Columbus, which...


Holding On Upside Down

by Linda Leavell

Winner of the Plutarch Award for the Best Biography of 2013

A mesmerizing and essential biography of the modernist poet Marianne Moore

The Marianne Moore that survives in the popular imagination is dignified,...


Tolstoy: Tales of Courage and Conflict

by Count Leo Tolstoy

36 stories by one of the world's masters of literature, Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)