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Pain, Parties, Work

by Elizabeth Winder

"I dreamed of New York, I am going there."

On May 31, 1953, twenty-year-old Sylvia Plath arrived in New York City for a one-month stint at "the intellectual fashion magazine" Mademoiselle to be a guest editor...


Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow: The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Marriage

by Ruth A. Hawkins

The only biography of Ernest Hemingway's second marriage


Ezra Pound: The Solitary Volcano

by John Tytell

Unlike other biographical portraits of Ezra Pound, John Tytell’s brilliant and ambitious work offers an interpretive study that boldly confronts the emotional truths and psychological drama that formed this...


Who Was Dracula?: Bram Stoker's Trail of Blood

by Jim Steinmeyer

An acclaimed historian sleuths out literature’s most famous vampire, uncovering the source material – from folklore and history, to personas including Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman – behind Bram Stoker’s...


Chosen Forever: a memoir

by Susan Richards

“Richards reflects on how rich life becomes when one travels her own best path. . . . Richards writes more courageously than she perhaps realizes, and each page of this uplifting book will touch a chord in...


Mary Sidney, Lady Wroth

by Margaret P. Hannay

In this first full-length biography of Lady Mary Wroth, Margaret Hannay's reliance on primary sources results in some corrections, as well as additions, to our knowledge of the lives of Wroth and of her children....


My Dear Mother: Stormy Boastful, and Tender Letters by Distinguished Sons--From Dostoevsky to Elvis

by Karen Elizabeth Gordon & Holly Johnson

This fascinating collection of letters between sons and mothers offers an intimate and unexpected glimpse into the mind and heart of the artist. Here are letters by over fifty writers, painters, and musicians,...


W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919

by David Levering Lewis

This monumental biography--eight years in the research and writing--treats the early and middle phases of a long and intense career: a crucial fifty-year period that demonstrates how Du Bois changed forever...


Rose Macaulay: A Biography

by Sarah LeFanu

In a writing career that covered the first fifty years of the twentieth century, Rose Macaulay produced twenty-three novels, six books of criticism, four books of travel and history and two collections of poetry,...


Dreaming of Rose: A Biographer's Journal

by Sarah LeFanu

'Dreaming of Rose: A Biographer's Journal' is a fascinating account of a biographical quest and of a personal journey. While working on her biography of the writer and traveller Rose Macaulay, Sarah LeFanu kept...


John Updike's Early Years

by Jack De Bellis

John Updike’s Early Years reveals for the first time the young Updike’s developing personality and precocious creativity. Relying upon interviews with classmates and friends, and offering extensive connections...


No Regrets: Last Chance for a Father and Son

by Barry Neil Kaufman

A richly personal account of one man's reconnection to his emotionally distant father and his assistance in navigating his father's terminal illness.


The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change

by Rebecca Mcclanahan

Are we responsible for, and to, those forces that have formed us-our families, friends, and communities? Where do we leave off and others begin? In The Tribal Knot, Rebecca McClanahan looks for answers in the...


Virginia Woolf

by Alexandra Harris

An ideal introduction to the life and work of Virginia Woolf by an award-winning author: the story of a life lived with intensity from moment to moment and shaped into the lasting patterns of art. In 1907, when...


Conversations with Anne Rice: An Intimate, Enlightening Portrait of Her Life and Work

by Michael Riley

In the novel that introduced Anne Rice to the world, Interview with the Vampire, a reporter seeks out the facts behind an extraordinary life. In the years since, Anne Rice has created a remarkable and acclaimed...


Bibliodeath: My Archives (with Life in Footnotes)

by Andrei Codrescu

Award-winning author Andrei Codrescu’s Bibliodeath: My Archives (With Life in Footnotes) surveys the evolutionary relationship between language and technology by examining his own career as a prolific American...


Farther and Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson

by Blake Bailey

From the prizewinning biographer of Richard Yates and John Cheever, here is the fascinating biography of Charles Jackson, the author of The Lost Weekend—a writer whose life and work encapsulated what it meant...


How Reading Changed My Life

by Anna Quindlen

THE LIBRARY OF CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT is a groundbreaking series where America's finest writers and most brilliant minds tackle today's most provocative, fascinating, and relevant issues. Striking and daring,...


Alexandre Dumas - A Great Life in Brief

by Andre Maurois

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern...


Shelley: The Pursuit

by Richard Holmes

Shelley: The Pursuit is the book with which Richard Holmes—the finest literary biographer of our day—made his name. Dispensing with the long-established Victorian picture of Shelley as a blandly ethereal...