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The Real Jane Austen

by Paula Byrne

The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things offers a startlingly original look at the revered writer through a variety of key moments, scenes, and objects in her life and work. Going beyond previous traditional...


Soul of the Age

by Hermann Hesse, Mark Marman & Therodore J. Ziolkowski

Throughout his life, Herman Hesse was a devoted letter writer. He corresponded, not just with friends and family, but also with his readers. From his letters home from the seminary at age fourteen, to his last...


Hermann Hesse: A Pictorial Biography

by Hermann Hesse

This album offers a wealth of unknown photographic and textual material which was first discovered among Hesse's literary effects after his death. Over 200 photographs chronicle his family background, his school...


The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

by Janet Malcolm

From the moment it was first published in The New Yorker, this brilliant work of literary criticism aroused great attention. Janet Malcolm brings her shrewd intelligence to bear on the legend of Sylvia Plath...


Denise Levertov: A Poet's Life

by Dana Greene

Kenneth Rexroth called Denise Levertov (1923-1997) "the most subtly skillful poet of her generation, the most profound, . . . and the most moving." Author of twenty-four volumes of poetry, four books of essays,...


John Brunner

by Jad Smith

Under his own name and numerous pseudonyms, John Brunner (1934-1995) was one of the most prolific and influential science fiction authors of the late twentieth century. During his exemplary career, the British...


Heading for Home

by Zahava Hanan

Zahava Hanan's struggle to save her ranch in Alberta from the threat of industrial pollution makes Heading for Home a modern tale on an epic scale. For twenty years she fought for her rights in Western Canada....


Eslanda

by Barbara Ransby

Eslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson lived a colorful and amazing life, embroiled in much of the twentieth century's social turmoil and traveling to every corner of the globe to fight for downtrodden and oppressed...


David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations

by David Foster Wallace

In intimate and eloquent interviews, including the last he gave before his suicide, the writer hailed by A.O. Scott of The New York Times as “the best mind of his generation” considers the state of modern...


Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship

by John B. Radner

In this book John Radner examines the fluctuating, close, and complex friendship enjoyed by Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, from the day they met in 1763 to the day when Boswell published his monumental Life...


Somerset Maugham: A Life

by Jeffrey Meyers

An instinctive and magnificent storyteller, Somerset Maugham was one of the most popular and successful writers of his time. He published seventy-eight books -- including the undisputed classics Of Human Bondage...


Quarriers Story: One Man's Vision That Gave 7,000 Children a New Life in Canada

by Anna Magnusson

Between 1872 and 1933, William Quarrier sent thousands of destitute children from Glasgow's slums to Canada, where they often faced hard labour and loneliness.


Written Lives

by Javier Marias & Margaret Jull Costa

An affectionate and very funny gallery of twenty great world authors from the pen of "the most subtle and gifted writer in contemporary Spanish literature" (The Boston Globe).In addition to his own busy career...


The Monster Loves His Labyrinth

by Charles Simic

The personal notebooks of our new Poet Laureate.


Gertrude Stein and the Making of an American Celebrity

by Karen Leick

This book is a cultural history of Stein's rise to fame and the function of literary celebrity in America from 1910 to 1935. By examining not the ways that Stein portrayed the popular in her work, but the ways...


All Will Be Well: A Memoir

by John Mcgahern

From award-winning author John McGahern, a memoir of his childhood in the Irish countryside and the beginnings of his life as a writer.McGahern describes his early years as one of seven children growing up in...


Persona: A Biography of Yukio Mishima

by Naoki Inose & Hiroaki Sato

A critical biography of a modern Japanese literary giant, whose brilliant career ended in a spectacular ritual suicide.


In My Wildest Dreams

by Leslie Thomas

From Barnardo boy to original virgin soldier; from apprentice journalist in London's Fleet Street to famous novelist...

At times funny, at times sad, but always honest and utterly compulsive, Leslie Thomas's...


Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties

by Marion Meade

In her exuberant new work, BOBBED HAIR AND BATHTUB GIN, Marion Meade presents a portrait of four extraordinary writers--Dorothy Parker, Zelda Fitzgerald, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Edna Ferber--whose loves,...


Weeds in Bloom: Autobiography of an Ordinary Man

by Robert Newton Peck

With over 65 books published, including the breathtaking (and somewhat autobiographical) A Day No Pigs Would Die, Robert Newton Peck has enjoyed an illustrious writing career. Now, in an autobiography as unique...