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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".


My Prizes: An Accounting

by Thomas Bernhard & Carol Janeway

A gathering of brilliant and viciously funny recollections from one of the twentieth century’s most famous literary enfants terribles.

Written in 1980 but published here for the first time, these texts tell...


Katherine Mansfield: A Darker View

by Jeffey Meyers

Meyers illuminates the brief and troubled life of the talented British short-story writer, and reveals the inspirations for her frequently-anthologized tales.


Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir

by Anatole Broyard

What Hemingway's A Moveable Feast did for Paris in the 1920s, this charming yet undeceivable memoir does for Greenwich Village in the late 1940s. In 1946, Anatole Broyard was a dapper, earnest, fledgling avant-gardist,...


Autobiography of Jack London

by Stephen Brennan

Jack London has been a best-selling author for more than one hundred years. In his short life (1876-1916) he wrote twenty-five novels and dozens of short stories, plays, and essays. Today he is recognized as...


My Cat, Spit McGee

by Willie Morris

With endearing humor and unabashed compassion, Willie Morris--a self-declared dog man and author of the classic paean to canine kind, My Dog Skip--reveals the irresistible story of his unlikely friendship with...


Adieux: A Farewell to Sartre

by Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir’s account of the last ten years of Jean-Paul Sartre’s life provides a focus for understanding one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century. But the book, consisting of both a...


A Very Easy Death

by Simone de Beauvoir

A Very Easy Death has long been considered one of Simone de Beauvoir’s masterpieces. The profoundly moving, day-by-day recounting of her mother’s death “shows the power of compassion when it is allied...


Melville: His World and Work

by Andrew Delbanco

If Dickens was nineteenth-century London personified, Herman Melville was the quintessential American. With a historian’s perspective and a critic’s insight, award-winning author Andrew Delbanco marvelously...


White Heat

by Brenda Wineapple

White Heat is the first book to portray the remarkable relationship between America's most beloved poet and the fiery abolitionist who first brought her work to the public. 

As the Civil War raged, an unlikely...


Adieux: A Farewell to Sartre

by Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir’s account of the last ten years of Jean-Paul Sartre’s life provides a focus for understanding one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century. But the book, consisting of both a...


Melville: His World and Work

by Andrew Delbanco

If Dickens was nineteenth-century London personified, Herman Melville was the quintessential American. With a historian’s perspective and a critic’s insight, award-winning author Andrew Delbanco marvelously...


A Very Easy Death

by Simone de Beauvoir

A Very Easy Death has long been considered one of Simone de Beauvoir’s masterpieces. The profoundly moving, day-by-day recounting of her mother’s death “shows the power of compassion when it is allied...


Running in the Family

by Michael Ondaatje

In the late 1970s Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. As he records his journey through the drug-like heat and intoxicating fragrances of that "pendant off the ear of India, " Ondaatje simultaneously...


Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT Leroy

by Savannah Knoop

The JT LeRoy scandal is a story of our times. In January 2006, the New York Times unmasked Savannah Knoop as the face of the mysterious author JT LeRoy. A media frenzy ensued as JT’s fans, mentors, and readers...


Chicago's Nelson Algren

by Art Shay & David Mamet

They met in 1949 when Art was a reporter for Life. Shay followed Algren around with a camera, gathering pictures for a photo-essay piece he was pitching to the magazine. Life didn’t pick up the article, but...


Algerian White: A Narrative

by Assia Djebar, David Kelley & Marjolijn De Jager

In Algerian White, Assia Djebar weaves a tapestry of the epic and bloody ongoing struggle in her country between Islamic fundamentalism and the post-colonial civil society. Many Algerian writers and intellectuals...