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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...


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...


The Diary of Anais Nin Volume 6 1955-1966: Vol. 6 (1955-1966)

by Anais Nin

Nin continues her debate on the use of drugs versus the artist's imagination, portrays many famous people in the arts, and recounts her visits to Sweden, the Brussels World's Fair, Paris, and Venice. "[Nin]...


Morley of Blackburn: A Literary and Political Biography of John Morley

by Patrick Jackson

This literary and political biography of John Morley, famous in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as an editor, writer, and statesman, utilizes diaries, letters and journals that were previously...


Chekhov: The Hidden Ground

by Philip Callow

A major achievement-Callow examines Chekhov's life within the context of the evolution of his art, making the reader acutely aware of the hidden ground from which his work sprang and on which his life stood....


Henry and June: From "A Journal of Love" -The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin (1931-1932)

by Anais Nin

This bestseller covers a single momentous year during Nin’s life in Paris, when she met Henry Miller and his wife, June. “Closer to what many sexually adventuresome women experience than almost anything...


A Poet's Revolution: The Life of Denise Levertov

by Donna Hollenberg

This first full-length biography of Anglo- American poet and activist Denise Levertov (1923-1997) brings to life one of the major voices of the second half of the twentieth century, when American poetry was...


Sky Time in Gray's River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place

by Robert Michael Pyle

Much the way Donald Hall’s Seasons at Eagle Pond captured New England, Sky Time in Gray’s River captures the essence of the rural Northwest. Although Rober Michael Pyle is a lepidopterist, and southwestern...


Giving Up

by Jillian Becker

Giving Up is Jillian Becker's intimate account of her brief but extraordinary time with Sylvia Plath during the winter of 1963, the last months of the poet's life. Abandoned by Ted Hughes, Sylvia found companionship...


The Last Genet: A Writer in Revolt

by Hadrien Laroche & David Homel

During the last eighteen years of his life (1968-86), Jean Genet was preoccupied with the struggles of the disenfranchised and displaced:among them, the Black Panthers, the Baader-Meinhof, and the Palestinians....


Life among the Savages

by Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson, author of the classic short story The Lottery, was known for her terse, haunting prose. But the writer possessed another side, one which is delightfully exposed in this hilariously charming...


Joseph Conrad: A Biography

by Jeffrey Meyers

Filled with provocative new assessments and new facts, this biography presents the contradictory, tormented life of Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), author of Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim , and one of the great...


O'Neill: Son and Artist

by Louis Scheaffer

Sheaffer's two-volume biography of American platwright Eugene O'Neill-the second volume of which won a Pulitzer Prize-makes use of previously unknown documents and numerous interviews to present an insightful...


W.B. Yeats Twentieth Century Magus: An In-Depth Study of Yeat's Esoteric Practices and Beliefs, Including Excerpts from His Magical Diaries

by Susan Johnston Graf

W.B. Yeats--Twentieth Century Magus is a comprehensive study of his magical practices and beliefs. Yeats moved through many different phases of spiritual development, believing that his life was an intellectual,...


Shadows of Heaven: Gurdjieff and Toomer

by Paul Beekman Taylor

A great deal of mystery surrounds G.I. Gurdjieff and "The Work." Today, many on the path of self-exploration find themselves drawn to the symbolism of the enneagram, and to Gurdjieff's other teachings. Gurdjieff...


Mary Shelly: Frankenstein's Creator

by Joan Kane Nichols

A biography of the nineteenth-century English writer who at the age of nineteen wrote the classic horror novel "Frankenstein".


Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape

by Susan Richards

After the fall of communism, Russia was in a state of shock. The sudden and dramatic change left many people adrift and uncertain—but also full of a tentative but tenacious hope. Returning again and again...