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Arnold Bennett: A Last Word

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...


My Poets

by Maureen N. McLane

A thrillingly original exploration of a life lived under poetry’s uniquely seductive spell

“Oh! there are spirits of the air,” wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley. In this stunningly original book Maureen N. McLane...


Life Writing: A Writers' and Artists' Companion

by Sally Cline & Carole Angier

Life Writing: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing biography, autobiography and memoir.

PART 1 explores the history and forms of life writing and the challenges and potential pitfalls...


Nine Lives of William Shakespeare

by Graham Holderness

Who was Shakespeare and how did he live? Combining fact, tradition and imagination, Shakespeare's many lives are told in 9 possible ways. We know relatively little about Shakespeare's life, and yet it continues...


The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Widely considered the first modern autobiography, the Confessions influenced memoirs, fiction, poetry, and philosophy. Rousseau's opposition to inequality and emphasis on individual worth constituted a major...


Unstuck In Provence: The courage to start over

by Carolyn Tate

Unstuck in Provence -The Courage to Start Over - a memoir At the age of 46, after years of single-motherhood and the unbearable feeling that life is going nowhere, Carolyn decides to get radically unstuck. After...


The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

by Kevin Birmingham

"A great story-how modernism brought down the regime of censorship-told as a great story. Kevin Birmingham's imaginative scholarship brings Joyce and his world to life. There is a fresh detail on nearly every...


Passage to Ararat

by Michael J. Arlen

In Passage to Ararat, which received the National Book Award in 1976, Michael J. Arlen goes beyond the portrait of his father, the famous Anglo-Armenian novelist of the 1920s, that he created in Exiles to try...


Testament Of Youth: An Autobiographical Study Of The Years 1900-1925

by Vera Brittain

In 1914 Vera Brittain was 20, and as war was declared she was preparing to study at Oxford. Four years later her life - and the life of her whole generation - had changed in a way that would have been unimaginable...


Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales from Childhood

by A. J. Albany

A. J. Albany's recollection of life with her father, the great jazz pianist Joe Albany, is the story of one girl's unsentimental education. Joe played with the likes of Charles Mingus, Lester Young, and Charlie...


The Three Lives of Dylan Thomas

by Hilly Janes

Dylan Thomas was one of the most extraordinary poetic talents of the twentieth century. Poems such as ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ regularly top polls of the nation’s favourites and his much-loved...


Where We Have Hope: A Memoir of Zimbabwe

by Andrew Meldrum

Where We Have Hope is the gripping memoir of a young American journalist. In 1980, Andrew Meldrum arrived in a Zimbabwe flush with new independence, and he fell in love with the country and its optimism. But...


A House Unlocked

by Penelope Lively

In A House Unlocked, Whitbread Award- and Booker Prize-winning Penelope Lively takes us on a journey of her familial country house in England that her grandparents bought in 1923. As her narrative shifts from...


Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei

by David Mura

Award-winning poet David Mura's critically acclaimed memoir Turning Japanese chronicles how a year in Japan transformed his sense of self and pulled into sharp focus his complicated inheritance. Mura is a sansei,...


The Circle of Hanh: A Memoir

by Bruce Weigl

In this piercingly honest memoir, Bruce Weigl, who has established himself as one of our finest American poets, explores the central experience of his life as a writer and a man: the Vietnam War, which tore...


101 Amazing Facts about Arthur Conan Doyle

by Jack Goldstein & Isabella Reese

Did you know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle thought Harry Houdini had real supernatural powers? Or that he felt that writing about Sherlock Holmes was holding him back from other more meaningful work? What made...


Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times

by Andrew D. Kaufman

From a popular Tolstoy scholar: an entertaining, thought-provoking, and accessible argument for why War and Peace is more relevant to readers now than ever.

Considered by many critics the greatest novel ever...


The Last Days of Dorothy Parker: The Extraordinary Lives of Dorothy Parker and Lillian Hellman and How Death CanBe Hell on Friendship (A Penguin Class

by Marion Meade

Dorothy Parker biographer Marion Meade shares insight into the last days in the life of Dorothy Parker-the horrible and the hilarious-including her colorful friendship with Lillian Hellman, and the bizarre afterlife...


The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World

by George Prochnik

An original study of exile, told through the biography of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig

 

By the 1930s, Stefan Zweig had become the most widely translated living author in the world. His novels, short stories,...


Nurses of the Outback

by Annabelle Brayley

The work of a nurse is challenging enough, but when you add a remote location, the stakes are so much higher. Meet fifteen courageous people who have chosen to pursue careers in remote area nursing. There's...