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Archie and Amelie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age

by Donna M. Lucey

John Armstrong Chanler—known as Archie to his family—was an heir to the Astor fortune, an eccentric, dashing, and handsome millionaire. Amélie Rives, from a Southern family and the goddaughter of Robert...


Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi

by Dean Faulkner Wells

In Every Day by the Sun, Dean Faulkner Wells recounts the story of the Faulkners of Mississippi, whose legacy includes pioneers, noble and ignoble war veterans, three never-convicted mur­derers, the builder...


Pushkin: A Biography

Samuel Johnson Prize 2003

by T.J. Binyon

In the course of his short, dramatic life, Aleksandr Pushkin gave Russia not only its greatest poetry–including the novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin–but a new literary language. He also gave it a figure of enduring...


The Life of Captain Frederick Marryat

by David Hannay

The First Book of the Marryat Cycle ""If you seek to understand nautical fiction, you must start with Frederick Marryat."" People the world over have thrilled to the fictional exploits of Horatio Hornblower,...


Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay

by Nancy Milford

Thirty years after the smashing success of Zelda, Nancy Milford returns with a stunning second act. Savage Beauty is the portrait of a passionate, fearless woman who obsessed American ever as she tormented herself....


James Baldwin: The Last Interview: and other Conversations

by James Baldwin & Quincy Troupe

Never before available, the unexpurgated last interview with James Baldwin

“I was not born to be what someone said I was. I was not born to be defined by someone else, but by myself, and myself only.” When,...


The World of Raymond Chandler: In His Own Words

by Raymond Chandler

 Raymond Chandler never wrote a memoir or autobiography. The closest he came to writing either was in—and around—his novels, shorts stories, and letters. There have been books that describe and evaluate...


The Last Love of George Sand: A Literary Biography

by Evelyne Bloch-Dano

George Sand is one the most celebrated writers and controversial personalities of nineteenth-century France; she is as famous for her bohemian lifestyle as for her written work. The Last Love of George Sand...


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

The acclaimed biographer of Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf gives us an intimate...


Jane Austen For Dummies

by Joan Elizabeth , PhD Klingel Ray

Explains Austen's methods, motivations, and morals

The fun and easy way(r) to understand and enjoy Jane Austen

Want to know more about Jane Austen? This friendly guide gives the scoop on her life, works, and...


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...


Intimate Stranger

by Breyten Breytenbach

Addressed to a young writer, Intimate Stranger is an eclectic and generous work flowing with insight and wit. Breytenbach's candid and provocative reflections on reading and writing guide without guiding,...


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...