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J. D. Salinger: A Life

by Kenneth Slawenski

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

One of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history, the author of the classic Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger eluded fans and journalists for most of his life....


A Guide to Middle Earth: Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings

by Colin Duriez

An illuminating guide to Middle-earth and the man who created it.


Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World

by Claudia Roth Pierpont

With a masterful ability to connect their social contexts to well-chosen and telling details of their personal lives, Claudia Roth Pierpont gives us portraits of twelve amazingly diverse and influential literary...


Byron: Child of Passion, Fool of Fame

by Benita Eisler

In this masterful portrait of the poet who dazzled an era and prefigured the modern age of celebrity, noted biographer Benita Eisler offers a fuller and more complex vision than we have yet been afforded of...


Coleridge: Early Visions, 1772-1804

by Richard Holmes

Winner of the 1989 Whitbread Prize for Book of the Year, this is the first volume of Holmes's seminal two-part examination of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, one of Britain's greatest poets. Coleridge: Early Visions...


Where I Was From

by Joan Didion

In this moving and unexpected book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history, and ours. Where I Was From, in Didion’s words, “represents an exploration into my own confusions about...


Franz Kafka: The Poet of Shame and Guilt

by Saul Friedländer

Franz Kafka was the poet of his own disorder. Throughout his life he struggled with a pervasive sense of shame and guilt that left traces in his daily existence—in his many letters, in his extensive diaries,...


W.E.B. Du Bois

by David Levering Lewis

The two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of W. E. B. Du Bois from renowned scholar David Levering Lewis, now in one condensed and updated volume

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois—the premier architect...


On the Outskirts of Normal

by Debra Monroe

A white single mother adopts a black child in south Texas and learns what it means to build a family.


A Square of Sky: A wartime childhood: from ghetto to convent

by Janina David

At the age of nine Janina David led a sheltered life with her prosperous Jewish family in Poland. A year later they were all on the verge of starvation, sharing a small room in the Warsaw ghetto. When it became...


The Last Leopard: A life of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

by David Gilmour

In 1957, Giuseppe Tomasi, the last Prince of the Sicilian Lampedusa family, died impoverished and unknown, leaving behind the manuscript of a book he had recently finished. The following year the book, The Leopard,...


The Man Who Was George Smiley: The Life of John Bingham

by Michael Jago

Investigator, interrogator, intellectual hero: the perfect inspiration for the perfect spy. This first full-length biography traces the life of the remarkable and engaging John Bingham, the man behind John le...


The Odd Couple: The Curious Friendship between Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin

by Richard Bradford

Kingsley Amis was a mimic, jester, father, husband, atheist, pseudo-socialist and clubland Tory boozer with a limitless taste for adultery; Philip Larkin a glum misanthrope who lived in self-imposed solitude....


Sheridan Le Fanu and Victorian Ireland: A Life of the Hymn -writer 1818-1895

by W.J. McCormack & Valerie Wallace

Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-73) was a highly original author of fantastic fiction - novels and short stories - and a key in Irish conservative poitics during the first half o the Victorian age. This outstanding biography,...


Roaring Boys: Shakespeare's Rat Pack

by Judith Cook

In the late 1580s a new kind of entertainment flowered in London: professional theatre, with its custom built playhouses, professional companies, incredible staging and, last but not least, the new writers,...


Joseph Kony and the Titans of Zagreb

by Stephen Chan

Drawing on his rich experience and imagination, Stephen Chan has created a story starting as a valedictory to his dead Ugandan friend and fellow-traveller. It leads from Uganda to Croatia, across a bridge of...


Baseball Love

by George Bowering

Bowering’s life in the game unfolds in a picaresque memoir of the storied ballparks of the poet’s youthful dreams.


The Sea Is My Brother: The Lost Novel

by Jack Kerouac

The first major work by Jack Kerouac—never previously published in its entirety—now with related early writing and correspondence


Bradbury Speaks

by Ray Bradbury

He is an American treasure; a clear-eyed fantasist without peer; a literary icon who has created wonder for the better part of seven decades. He has a moon crater named after him and a star on Hollywood Boulevard's...


The Boy Detective

by Roger Rosenblatt

The Washington Post hailed Roger Rosenblatt's Making Toast as "a textbook on what constitutes perfect writing," and People lauded Kayak Morning as "intimate, expansive and profoundly moving." Classic tales of...