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Chekhov: A Biography

by V.S. Pritchett

V.S. Pritchett explores the connections between Chekhov's life and art, showing how Chekhov often based his fiction on experiences of his difficult early years where he was responsible for his impoverished family,...


The Gentle Barbarian: The Life and Work of Turgenev

by V.S. Pritchett

'A gentle giant', as the Goncourts called him, Turgenev emerged from the barbarous yet doting rules of a terrible mother, whose cruelties to her serfs are at the heart of his hatred of serfdom. He was saturated...


Journey from the North, Volume 2: Autobiography of Storm Jameson

by Storm Jameson

The second volume in Storm Jameson s autobiography starts on the eve of the Second World War, and encompasses Jameson's involvement as the first female president of PEN, where she met all of the writers and...


Taken Care of: An Autobiography

by Edith Sitwell

Dame Edith Sitwell died while this autobiography was in the course of printing. One of the last acts of her life was to approve the 'specimen page' from the printer. She did not live to correct her proofs and...


Journey from the North, Volume 1: Autobiography of Storm Jameson

by Storm Jameson

In 1960, Storm Jameson decided to write her memoirs. The result was Journey from the North, one of the great literary autobiographies of the century. Volume One, first published in 1969, tells of her childhood...


The Man from Mars: Ray Palmer's Amazing Pulp Journey

by Fred Nadis

The rollicking true story of the legendary writer and editor who ruled over America's fantasy and supernatural pulp journals in the mid-twentieth century, and shaped today's UFO and sci-fi cultures: Ray Palmer....


Moments of Knowing

by Ann Bridge

Ann Bridge, besides being a famous author, was also, in her own words, �a person who frequently has, when awake, inexplicable �knowings� of events taking place at a distance: and, in dreams, am informed,...


American Childhood

by Annie Dillard

A book that instantly captured the hearts of readers across the country, An American Childhood is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard's poignant, vivid memoir of growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1950s....


A Tragic Honesty

by Blake Bailey

The first biography of acclaimed American novelist and story writer Richard Yates

Celebrated in his prime, forgotten in his final years, only to be championed anew by our greatest contemporary authors, Richard...


Lovers and Husbands and What-Not: A Biography of Margaret L. MacPherson

by Reynold Macpherson

Synopsis:

Who is this woman?

She was born in Leeds, U.K., died in Kaitaia, New Zealand, and appears in both the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography and the Bibliography of Australian Literature...

She was...


The Letters of Noel Coward

by Noël Coward & Barry Day

Lavishly illustrated and annotated, this first and definitive collection of letters to and from Coward provides a divine portrait of an age, from the Blitz to the Ritz and beyond.

The incomparable Noël Coward...


Going to the Movies: A Personal Journey Through Four Decades of Modern Film

by Syd Field

Featuring insights ... analysis ... great films and filmmakers from “the most-sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world” (The Hollywood Reporter).

A life in film. An extraordinary career. An unforgettable...


Straight Up and Dirty

by Stephanie Klein

"I did have my own friends, my own salary, my health, and TiVo: all the important things we're likely to take for granted. Still, when it hit that I'd now have to date again, I panicked. Dating meant nightclubs,...


Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns

by David Margolick

American author John Horne Burns (1916–1953) led a brief and controversial life, and as a writer, transformed many of his darkest experiences into literature. Burns was born in Massachusetts, graduated from...


Letters of E. B. White

by E. B. White

Letters of E. B. White touches on a wide variety of subjects, including the New Yorker editor who became the author's wife; their dachshund, Fred, with his "look of fake respectability"; and White's contemporaries,...


Dared And Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning

by Julia Markus

A Riveting and brilliant work of biography. The story of two great English poets, Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, whose work was immediately recognized and adored by their contemporaries, whose courtship...


Walter Pater: Lover of Strange Souls

by Denis Donoghue

A TWENTIETH-CENTURY intellectual of the first rank presents the case for the nineteenth-century aesthetician whose elegant subversions delivered us to modernism. Walter Pater (1839-1894) was an obscure Oxford...


Seeing Mary Plain: A Life of Mary McCarthy

by Frances Kiernan

A revealing portrait of the dramatic life of writer and intellectual Mary McCarthy. From her Partisan Review days to her controversial success as the author of The Group, to an epic libel battle with Lillian...


Wordsworth: A Life

by Juliet Barker

The figure of William Wordsworth looms over the nineteenth century like a presiding genius. Sage, seer, and Poet Laureate, Wordsworth was revered by his Victorian contemporaries as a writer of tender, lyrical...


College of One

by Sheilah Graham

The moving story of how F. Scott Fitzgerald—washed up, alcoholic and ill—dedicated himself to devising a heartfelt course in literature for the woman he loved.

In 1937, on the night of her engagement to the...