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Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity

by David M. Friedman

The story of Oscar Wilde’s landmark 1882 American tour explains how this quotable literary eminence became famous for being famous.

On January 3, 1882, Oscar Wilde, a twenty-seven-year-old “genius”—at...


The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb

by Stanley Plumly

A window onto the lives of the Romantic poets through the re-creation of one legendary night in 1817. The author of the highly acclaimed Posthumous Keats, praised as “full of . . . those fleeting moments we...


We are Michael Field

by Emma Donoghue

In this profile, Emma Donoghue tells the story of two eccentric Victorian spinsters: Katherine Bradley (1846-1914) and her niece Edith Cooper (1862-1913); poets and lovers, who wrote together under the name...


The Early Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 2 (1920-1923)

by Anaïs| Nin

A continuation of the journey of self-education and self-discovery begun by Anaïs Nin in the previous volume of her early diary. Central here is the growing conflict between her role as woman and her determination...


Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

by John Lahr

National Book Award Finalist

NBCC Awards Finalist: Biography Category

A Chicago Tribune 'Best Books of 2014'

A 2014 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

USA Today: 10 Books We Loved Reading

New York Times...


An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days

by Susan Wittig Albert

From Eudora Welty's memoir of childhood to May Sarton's reflections on her seventieth year, writers' journals offer an irresistible opportunity to join a creative thinker in musing on the events-whether in daily...


Letters from Bishopsbourne

by Christopher Scoble

Letters from Bishopsbourne is a collective biography of three of the most distinguished stylists writing in the English language, who lived and died in the small village of Bishopsbourne just south of Canterbury...


The Early Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 3 (1923-1927)

by Anaïs| Nin

A bridge between the early life of Nin and the first volume of her Diary. In pages more candid than in the preceding diaries, Nin tells how she exorcised the obsession that threatened her marriage and nearly...


Exile's Return: A Literary Odyssey of the 1920s

by Malcolm Cowley & Donald W. Faulkner

The adventures and attitudes shared by the American writers dubbed "The Lost Generation" are brought to life here by one of the group's most notable members. Feeling alienated in the America of the 1920s, Fitzgerald,...


Mark Twain: Man in White: The Grand Adventure of His Final Years

by Michael Shelden

One day in late 1906, seventy-one-year-old Mark Twain attended a meeting on copyright law at the Library of Congress. The arrival of the famous author caused the usual stir—but then Twain took off his overcoat...


Yehuda Halevi

by Hillel Halkin

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

A masterly biography of Yehuda Halevi, one of the greatest of Hebrew poets and a shining example of the synthesis of religion and culture that defined the golden age of medieval...


Linotte: The Early Diary of Anais Nin (1914-1920)

by Anaïs| Nin

A charming and amusing view of Nin's early life, from age eleven to seventeen; the self-portrait of an innocent girl who is transformed, through her own insights, into an enlightened young woman. “An enchanting...


The Candy Men: The Rollicking Life and Times of the Notorious Novel Candy

by Nile Southern

In the early fall of 1958, the notorious Olympia Press in Paris published a novel entitled Candy, an erotic, Rabelaisian satire loosely based on Voltaire's Candide by one Maxwell Kenton, pseudonym of its coauthors,...


31 Days: A Memoir of Seduction

by Marcia Gloster

Marcia Gloster was a college student traveling through Europe in the summer of 1963. When she arrived in Salzburg, Austria to study at Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Vision, she envisioned a month of intensive...


101 Amazing Facts about Enid Blyton

by Jack Goldstein & Isabella Reese

Did you know that Enid Blyton very nearly became a professional musician rather than an author? Or that it was the secret passageway and haunted room in a house in which she stayed that inspired her to write...


Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians

by Justin Martin

Brilliant portrait of a time and place that launched American Bohemia and liberated the genius of Walt Whitman


Luis Leal: An Auto/Biography

by Mario T. Garcia

Professor Luis Leal is one of the most outstanding scholars of Mexican, Latin American, and Chicano literatures and the dean of Mexican American intellectuals in the United States. He was one of the first senior...


The Art of Life: Studies in American Autobiographical Literature

by Mutlu Konuk Blasing

Autobiographical literature especially reveals the processes by which writers convert their own historical experience into fictional form and suggests how literary forms function in life. This volume defines...


Charles Olson: Call Him Ishmael

by Paul Christensen & George F. Butterick

Charles Olson was an important force behind the raucous, explicit, jaunty style of much of twentieth-century poetry in America. This study makes a major contribution to our understanding of his life and work....


Pillar of Salt: An Autobiography, with 19 Erotic Sonnets

by Salvador Novo, Marguerite Feitlowitz & Carlos Monsivais

Salvador Novo (1904-1974) was a provocative and prolific cultural presence in Mexico City through much of the twentieth century. With his friend and fellow poet Xavier Villaurrutia, he cofounded Ulises and Contemporáneos,...