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Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life

by Hermione Lee

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW’ S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

A Best Book of the Year: San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times

Winner of the Plutarch Award for Best Biography

The acclaimed biographer of Edith...


The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers Vol II

by Dorothy L. Sayers & Barbara Reynolds

This second volume of Dorothy L. Sayers covers the seven years in which the greatest detective novelist of the golden age--and the creator of Lord Peter Wimsey--turns away from mystery writing to become a playwright...


Wish You Were Here: The Official Biography of Douglas Adams

by Nick Webb

It all started when Douglas Adams demolished planet Earth in order to make way for an intergalactic expressway–and then invited everyone to thumb a ride on a comical cosmic road trip with the likes of Arthur...


Surrendering Oz: A Life in Essays

by Bonnie Friedman

Surrendering Oz is about giving up the safety of emotionally zoning out – about learning to think with the body.


Havel: A Life

by Michael Zantovsky

Václav Havel was one of the most prominent figures of the twentieth century: iconoclast and intellectual, renowned playwright turned political dissident, president of a united then divided nation, and dedicated...


J. K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter

by Marc Shapiro

The heartwarming story behind J.K. Rowling's rise to fame—and the answers to Harry Potter fans' most burning questions!

Harry Potter is loved throughout the world, and so is his creator. Joanne Kathleen (J.K.)...


Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings

by Italo Calvino & Martin McLaughlin

A posthumously published collection of Italo Calvino's autobiographical writings recounting his experiences in Italy’s antifascist resistance, paying homage to his influences, tracing the evolution of his...


The Enchanted Places

by Christopher Milne

Millions of readers throughout the world have grown up with the stories and verses of A. A. Milne; have envied Christopher Robin in his enchanted world; laughed at Pooh - a bear of very little brain - and worried...


Drifting Home: A Family's Voyage of Discovery Down the Wild Yukon River

by Berton Pierre

In the 1970s, Pierre Berton and his family recreated the trip down the Yukon made by his father, Francis George Berton, in 1898. This compelling story of the later journey is a valentine from son to father,...


Sappho

by Nancy Freedman

In this finely drawn portrait, Sappho of Lesbos narrates her extraordinary life, from her childhood in war-torn Mitylene to her later relentless search for passionate love. Driven by the all-consuming fever...


Damned to Fame: the Life of Samuel Beckett

by James Knowlson

Samuel Beckett's long-standing friend, James Knowlson, recreates

Beckett's youth in Ireland, his studies at Trinity College, Dublin in

the early 1920s and from there to the Continent, where he plunged into

the...


Arnold Bennett

by Frank Swinnerton

'I have tried to depict Arnold Bennett as a man of character and integrity, a fundamentally innocent humorist, a superlative friend, and, to others, not myself, a difficult personality; but I have worked under...


Mary Wollstonecraft

by Janet Todd

The combination of Mary Wollstonecraft works, with her efforts to live a revolutionary inner and outer life has no equal. In her richly detailed, all-encompassing biography of the first major feminist in England,...


Up From Slavery: An Autobiography

by Booker T. Washington

This volume is the outgrowth of a series of articles, dealing with incidents in my life, which were published consecutively in the Outlook. While they were appearing in that magazine I was constantly surprised...


Dylan Thomas: A New Life

by Andrew Lycett

The definitive biography of the poet who was almost as notorious for his 'rock 'n' roll' lifestyle as his artistic work

Dylan Thomas was a romantic and controversial figure; a poet who lived to excess and died...


Mark Twain's Other Woman

by Laura Skandera Trombley

Laura Skandera Trombley, the preeminent Twain scholar at work today, reveals the never-before-read letters and daily journals of Isabel Lyon, Mark Twain’s last personal secretary.

 

For six years, Isabel Lyon...


The Gentle Barbarian

by V.S. Pritchett

'A gentle giant', as the Goncourts called him, Turgenev emerged from the barbarous yet doting rules of a terrible mother, whose cruelties to her serfs are at the heart of his hatred of serfdom. He was saturated...


A Man of Letters

by V.S. Pritchett

V. S. Pritchett is widely - and justly - regarded not only as one of the finest short story writers of this century, but as a critic and essayist of astonishing range, perception and originality. Combining an...


Evelyn Waugh

by Frances Donaldson

In his lifetime, Evelyn Waugh's personality and his attitude to the post-war world aroused almost as much controversy as his works did admiration.

It is with Evelyn Waugh the man as she knew him that Frances...


The Life and Times of Emile Zola

by F. W. J. Hemmings

Controversy surrounded Zola during his life-time, and controversy has followed him ever since. No other French writer was so violently attacked by contemporaries, none had a more devoted following. This high...