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Orthodoxy

by G. Chesterton

'Orthodoxy' describes Chesterton's discovery of faith - a journey which is compared to an English adventurer who gets lost and unknowingly, discovers England all over again. Here he is doubly blessed, enjoying...


Forbidden Words: On God Alcohol Vegetarianism & Violence

by Leo Tolstoy & Simon Parke

This book presents writings Tolstoy was never, in his lifetime, allowed to publish in his native Russia. He was a successful author by middle age; world famous for his novels 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina.'...


The Young Hemingway

by Michael Reynolds

"The Young Hemingway will entertain and surprise. Not only is it a significant contribution to Hemingway critical biography, but it should rank as one of the best nonfiction books of the year."—Los Angeles...


The Diary of Anais Nin Volume 3 1939-1944: Vol. 3 (1939-1944)

by Anais Nin

Nin's years of struggle and final triumph as an author in America. "Transcending mere self-revelation... the diary examines human personality with a depth and understanding seldom surpassed since Proust...dream...


The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick

by Philip K. Dick, Jonathan Lethem & Pamela Jackson

Preserved in typed and hand-written notes and journal entries, letters and story sketches, Philip K. Dick's Exegesis is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning...


Voices from the World of Jane Austen

by Malcolm Day

A fascinating collection of first-hand accounts of life in the time of Jane Austen (1775-1817), showing how social standing and etiquette were prime considerations of the period, and revealing the stark contrast...


Conversations with Leo Tolstoy

by Leo Tolstoy

When most think of Tolstoy, they think of the great author. 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina' brought him worldwide fame, and a good deal of money. Had he done nothing else in life, these two novels would...


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...


Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1999

by Judith Thurman

A scandalously talented stage performer, a practiced seductress of both men and women, and the flamboyant author of some of the greatest works of twentieth-century literature, Colette was our first true superstar....


Art and Madness: A Memoir of Lust Without Reason

by Anne Roiphe

Luminous and intensely personal, Art and Madness recounts the lost years of Anne Roiphe’s twenties, when the soon-to-be-critically-acclaimed author put her dreams of becoming a writer on hold to devote herself...


J.O. Francis, realist drama and ethics: culture, place and nation

by Alyce von Rothkirch

Developing an ethical literary theory of place, this book rediscovers and re-evaluates the work of the Welsh dramatist J. O. Francis, placing his work within the context of the vibrant amateur dramatic scene...


Dylan Thomas

by Walford Davies

An authoritative introduction by a leading Dylan Thomas scholar to the nature, cultural background, achievement and critical reception of this major poet's work.


Amy Dillwyn

by David Painting

A biography of Amy Dillwyn (1845-1935), based largely on her diaries, novelist and extraordinary woman of exceptional spirit and personality born into one of Swansea's most distinguished families, who inherited...


The Road to San Giovanni

by Italo Calvino & Tim Parks

Heartfelt, affecting, and wise, the essay collection The Road to San Giovanni offers Italo Calvino’s reflections on his own life and work in five elegant "memory exercises."


If It Die

by André Gide

This is the major autobiographical statement from Nobel laureate André Gide. In the events and musings recorded here we find the seeds of those themes that obsessed him throughout his career and imbued his...


The World Is What It Is

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography 2008

by Patrick French

The first major biography of V.S. Naipaul, the controversial and enigmatic Nobel laureate: a stunning writer whose only stated ambition was greatness, in pursuit of which goal nothing else was sacred.

Beginning...


May Sarton: Biography

by Margot Peters

The first biography of May Sarton: a brilliant revelation of the life and work of a literary figure who influenced her thousands of readers not only by her novels and poetry, but by her life and her writings...


The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad

by John Stape

* Please note: The eBook version of this title is slightly different from the paperback version. While the textual content remains the same, the illustrations/photographs were removed from the eBook version...


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.


No Gifts from Chance: A Biography of Edith Wharton

by Shari Benstock

A biography of the noted author, tracing her evolution from shy debutante to the social chronicler of her age.