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The Cradle of Erewhon: Samuel Butler in New Zealand

by Joseph Jones

In 1859, Samuel Butler, a young Cantabrigian out of joint with his family, with the church, and with the times, left England to hew out his own path in New Zealand. At the end of just five years he returned,...


The Poet and the Vampyre: The Curse of Byron and the Birth of Literature's Greatest Monsters

by Andrew McConnell Stott

Love affairs, literary rivalries, and the supernatural collide in an inspired journey to Lake Geneva, where Byron, the Shelleys, and John Polidori come together to create literature’s greatest monsters In...


Neverland: J. M. Barrie, the Du Mauriers, and the Dark Side of Peter Pan

by Piers Dudgeon

The untold story behind Peter Pan: The shocking account of J. M. Barrie's abuse and exploitation of the du Maurier family. In his revelatory Neverland, Piers Dudgeon tells the tragic story of J. M. Barrie and...


Emerson's Protégés: Mentoring and Marketing Transcendentalism's Future

by David Dowling

In the late 1830s, Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, poet, lecturer, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement, publicly called for a radical nationwide vocational reinvention, and an idealistic group...


Bloomsbury Pie

by Regina Marler

Celebrated and maligned with equal vigor, the Bloomsbury Group is the best-documented artistic coterie in twentieth-century literature. The novelists Virgonia Woolf and E.M. Forster, the artists Roger Fry, Duncan...


Banjo: The story of the man who wrote Waltzing Matilda

by Paul Terry

A timely re-examination of the life of Australia's best-loved poet and storyteller - the man whose works captured the essence of the Australian spirit.


The Enchanted Places

by Christopher Milne

An autobiography of extraordinary tact as well as candour' The Times 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...


The Other Side: A Memoir

by Lacy M. Johnson

Lacy Johnson bangs on the glass doors of a sleepy local police station in the middle of the night. Her feet are bare; her body is bruised and bloody; U-bolts dangle from her wrists. She has escaped, but not...


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

by Frederick Douglass

The story of Frederick Douglass is passionate, harrowing, and inspiring. As a former slave, impassioned abolitionist, gifted writer, newspaper editor, and powerful orator, Douglass was an immense, motivational...


The Search for Philip K. Dick

by Anne R Dick

Offering an intimate perspective on the life of an important, prolific author, this revealing biography uncovers the inner workings of a cult figure through his tumultuous relationship with his third wife. Brilliant...


Journals: Early Fifties, Early Sixties

by Allen Ginsberg & Gordon Ball

In the 1950s and early 1960s, Allen Ginsberg and his fellow Beats led an insurrection that profoundly altered the American literary and cultural landscapes. Collected here are journal entries culled from eighteen...


How I Became Hettie Jones

by Hettie Jones

Greenwich Village in the 1950s was a haven to which young poets, painters, and jazz musicians flocked. Among them was Hettie Cohen, who'd been born into a middle-class Jewish family in Queens and who'd chosen...


Secret Lives of Great Authors: What Your Teachers Never Told You about Famous Novelists, Poets, and Playwrights

by Robert Schnakenberg & Mario Zucca

Strange-but-true tales of murderers, adulterers, drug addicts, and other literary legends.

 

With outrageous and uncensored profiles of everyone from William Shakespeare to Thomas Pynchon, Secret Lives of...


The Path Through the Trees

by Christopher Milne

The need to outgrow one's childhood influences and establish an individual identity is common to us all, but for Christopher Milne it was an especially difficult experience in view of the unique problems he...


Childhood: An English Translation

by Maksim Gorky

Aleksey Peshkov overcame indigence, violence, and suicidal despair to become Maksim Gorky, one of the most widely read and influential writers of the twentieth century. Childhood, the first book in Gorky's acclaimed...


Joseph Brodsky: A Literary Life

by Lev Loseff & Jane Ann Miller

The work of Joseph Brodsky (1940-;1996), one of Russia';s great modern poets, has been the subject of much study and debate. His life, too, is the stuff of legend, from his survival of the siege of Leningrad...


Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

by Jay A. Gertzman

Samuel Roth is known to most literary scholars as a bold literary "pirate" for issuing unauthorized editions of modernist sensations, including Ulysses and Lady Chatterley's Lover.

In the absence of an international...


The Removers: A Memoir

by Andrew Meredith

A dark, poignant, and emotionally brave coming-of-age memoir: the story of a young man who, by handling the dead, makes peace with the living.

For almost twenty years I mistook my father’s downfall as my own....


Finding the Trapdoor

by Adam Hochschild

The vivid, suspenseful history books for which Adam Hochschild has become well known are only a portion of his work. All his life he has also been writing shorter pieces: about the writers he loves, about his...


Fair Girls and Grey Horses

by Christine Pullein-Thompson, Diana Pullein-Thompson & Josephine Pullein-Thompson

‘Are your twins normal?’ Mrs Pullein-Thompson was asked. ‘Good God, I hope not,’ she retorted.

The twins were Diana and Christine who, with their elder sister, Josephine, wrote more than 150 books, which...