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The Life of Charlotte Brontë

by Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell's biography of her close friend Charlotte Bronte; was published in 1857 to immediate popular acclaim, and remains the most significant study of the enigmatic author who gave Jane Eyre the subtitle...


Tales of the Argonauts (Serapis Classics)

by Bret Harte

The Argonauts are the gold seekers of 1849 and the years immediately following. These adventurers came from all quarters of the globe and all ranks of society, and they had in common only the possession of the...


Roads of Destiny (Serapis Classics)

by O. Henry

"A collection of short stories, some funny, with twist endings. O.Henry's style is witty, but sometimes difficult to understand. He often introduces his stories with his view on American history and society,...


Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading

by Nina Sankovitch

“NinaSankovitch has crafted a dazzling memoir that remindsus of the most primal function of literature-to heal, to nurture and to connectus to our truest selves." —Thrity Umrigar, author of The Space Between...


George Bowering: Bright Circles of Colour

by Eva-Marie Kroller

The first book-length, critical study of George Bowering explores the relationship between his work and the arts.


A Mark Twain Christmas

by Carlo Devito

Filled with the remarkable wit and humor of America's favorite storyteller, A Mark Twain Christmas gives readers insight into Twain's life through little known stories about how he and his family celebrated...


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.


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.)...


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...


The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

by Peter Dally

Combining his knowledge as a doctor and a lifelong fascination with Virginia Woolf's life and work, eminent psychiatrist Peter Dally offers a haunting and compelling look at the depression that tormented Virginia...


Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison!

by Harry Harrison

In Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! are the recollections of one of the grand masters of science fiction, on his storied career as a celebrated author and on his relationships with other luminaries in the field....


Poets in Their Youth

by Eileen Simpson

In 1942, Eileen Simpson—then Eileen Mulligan—married John Berryman. Both were in their twenties; Eileen had just graduated from Hunter College and John had but one slim volume of poetry to his name. They...


Inventing Scrooge

by Carlo Devito

Inventing Scrooge uncovers the real-life inspirations from Charles Dickens’ own world that led to the fascinating creation of his most beloved tale: A Christmas Carol.

When Charles Dickens created the story...


Timothy Findley and the Aesthetics of Fascism: Intertextual Collaboration and Resistance

by Anne Geddes Bailey

Investigates the troubling relationship between narrative meaning and representations of violence within Timothy Findley’s novels.


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...


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...


Childhood: An English Translation

by Maksim Gorky & Graham Hettlinger

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...


The Removers

by Andrew Meredith

“A darkly funny memoir about family reckonings” (O, The Oprah Magazine)—the story of a young man who, by handling the dead, makes peace with the living.

Andrew Meredith’s father, a literature professor...


Reading My Father

by Alexandra Styron

PART MEMOIR AND PART ELEGY, READING MY FATHER IS THE STORY OF A DAUGHTER COMING TO KNOW HER FATHER AT LAST— A GIANT AMONG TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN NOVELISTS AND A MAN WHOSE DEVASTATING DEPRESSION DARKENED...


A Childhood In Scotland

by Christian Miller

Introduced by Dorothy Parker. 'When I was a little girl, the ghosts were more real to me than the people.' In this perceptive and unpretentious autobiography Christian Miller recalls her privileged but at the...