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The Singular Mark Twain: A Biography

by Fred Kaplan

In this magisterial full-scale biography of America’s greatest storyteller and satirist, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Fred Kaplan refashions our image of Mark Twain and etches a vibrant...


A Lucid Dreamer

by Dr Neil Roberts & Peter Redgrove

The work of the poet Peter Redgrove is one of the great unexplored treasures of late twentieth century literature. His prolific output presents an intriguing variety of personae: magician, scientist, lover,...


Becoming Ray Bradbury

by Jonathan R. Eller

Becoming Ray Bradbury chronicles the making of an iconic American writer. Jonathan R. Eller measures the impact of the authors, artists, illustrators, and filmmakers who stimulated Ray Bradbury's imagination....


Rosamond Lehmann

by Selina Hastings

The life of Rosamond Lehmann was as romantic and harrowing as that of any of her fictional heroines. Her first novel, the shocking Dusty Answer, became wildly successful launching her career as a novelist and,...


The Fifth Book of Peace

by Maxine Hong Kingston

A long time ago in China, there existed three Books of Peace that proved so threatening to the reigning powers that they had them burned. Many years later Maxine Hong Kingston wrote a Fourth Book of Peace, but...


Compass Points: How I Lived

by Edward Hoagland

In a luminous memoir of a life richly lived, one of America’s finest writers explores the themes that have shaped his life and work: the glories of the natural world, the lure of working for a circus and fighting...


Elizabeth Barrett Browning

by Margaret Forster

This biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, written with reference to Browning correspondence only recently available, argues that the poet was a strong and determined woman largely responsible for her own...


Oral Pleasure: Kosinski as Storyteller

by Jerzy Kosinski & Barbara Tepa Lupack

Oral Pleasure: Kosinski as Storyteller is a collection of interviews, lectures, and transcriptions of media appearances from the legendary literary figure, Jerzy Kosinski. Compiled by his late widow, Kiki, most...


Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley

by John Rember

In 1987, John Rember returned home to Sawtooth Valley, where he had been brought up. He returned out of a homing instinct: the same forty acres that had sustained his family’s horses had sustained a vision...


Ralph Ellison

by Arnold Rampersad

Ralph Ellison is justly celebrated for his epochal novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953 and has become a classic of American literature. But Ellison’s strange inability to finish...


Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide to Great American Writers

by Edward Hemingway & Mark Bailey

In this entertaining homage to the golden age of the cocktail, illustrator Edward Hemingway and writer Mark Bailey present the best (and thirstiest) American writers, their favorite cocktails, true stories...


Elmer Kelton: : Essays and Memories

by Judy Alter & James Ward Lee

Editors Judy Alter and James Ward Lee gathered together a group of Kelton aficionados who had either published or taught or sold his books, or were simply friends. In several meetings, they divided up the main...


King Kong Theory

by Virginie Despentes & Stephánie Benson

King Kong Theory is Despentes' candid account of how she became notorious: reviled and admired in equal measure for her rape-revenge novel turned film, Baise-Moi, she is the poster girl for modern female rebellion....


Howards End is on the Landing: A year of reading from home

by Susan Hill

Early one autumn afternoon in pursuit of an elusive book on her shelves, Susan Hill encountered dozens of others that she had never read, or forgotten she owned, or wanted to read for a second time. The discovery...


Kazantzakis, Volume 1: Politics of the Spirit

by Peter Bien

"No author who lives in Greece," writes Peter Bien, "can avoid politics." This first volume of his major intellectual biography of Nikos Kazantzakis approaches the distinguished--and controversial--writer by...


Great Expectations

by Robert Gottlieb

The strange and varied lives of the ten children of the world's most beloved novelist

Charles Dickens, famous for the indelible child characters he created—from Little Nell to Oliver Twist and David Copperfield—was...


Listening for Madeleine

by Leonard S. Marcus

Writer. Matriarch. Mentor. Friend. Icon.

Madeleine L'Engle is perhaps best recognized as the author of A Wrinkle in Time, the enduring milestone work of fantasy fiction that won the 1963 John Newbery Medal for...


The Long Recessional

by David Gilmour

A major new biography of Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was a unique figure in British history, a great writer as well as an imperial icon whose life trajectory matched that of the British Empire...


Curriculum Vitae: A Volume of Autobiography

by Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark’s bracingly salty memoir is a no-holds-barred trip through an extraordinary writer’s life. It is no surprise that one of Muriel Spark’s most lively and entertaining works would be her own...


aka bpNichol: A Preliminary Biography

by Frank Davey

Reflecting on the career of a prominent poet, this biography focuses on Canadian wordsmith Barrie Nichol—more commonly known by his pen name, bpNichol—who was a practicing lay psychoanalyst and vice president...