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Oscar Wilde: The Complete Collection

by Oscar Wilde

This ebook contains all of Oscar Wilde's plays (including the fragments), his only novel, his fairy tales and short stories, the poems, all of his essays, lectures, reviews, and other newspaper articles, based...


Celestine

by Gillian Tindall

Late on a summer afternoon in the very heart of rural France, in a small, centuries-old house newly abandoned to its ghosts, Gillian Tindall came upon a cache of letters dating from the 1860s. Neatly folded...


In Touch

by Paul Bowles & Jeffrey Miller

This extraordinary collection of correspondence by Paul Bowles spans eight decades and provides an evolving portrait of an artist renowned for his privacy. From his earliest extant letter, written at the age...


Dear Elizabeth: A Play in Letters from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell and Back Again

by Sarah Ruhl

A moving, innovative play based on one of the greatest correspondences in literary history

From 1947 to 1977, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop exchanged more than four hundred letters. Describing the writing...


Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry & Gary Snyder

by Wendell Berry, Gary Snyder & Chad Wriglesworth

In 1969 Gary Snyder returned from a long residence in Japan to northern California, to a homestead in the Sierra foothills where he intended to build a house and settle on the land with his wife and young sons....


The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy

by Christopher Isherwood, Don Bachardy & Katherine Bucknell

The love story between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy—in their own words

The English novelist and screenwriter Christopher Isherwood was already famous as the author of Goodbye to Berlin when he met...


The Letters of Ruth Pitter: Silent Music

by Don W. King

The Letters of Ruth Pitter:Silent Music is a selection of the most important letters written by Pitter, who won the Hawthornden Prize in 1937 for A Trophy of Arms (1936) and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry...


Dear Mendl, Dear Reyzl: Yiddish Letter Manuals from Russia and America

by Alice Nakhimovsky & Roberta Newman

At the turn of the 20th century, Jewish families scattered by migration could stay in touch only through letters. Jews in the Russian Empire and America wrote business letters, romantic letters, and emotionally...


Letters to an American Lady

by C. S. Lewis

On October 26, 1950, C. S. Lewis wrote the first of more than a hundred letters he would send to a woman he had never met, but with whom he was to maintain a correspondence for the rest of his life.

Ranging broadly...


Letters of Emily Dickinson

by Emily Dickinson

Lovingly compiled by a close friend, this first collection of Dickinson's letters originally appeared in 1894, only eight years after the poet's death. Animated by the same spirited sensitivity as her much-admired...


De Profundis

by Oscar Wilde

While imprisoned, Wilde wrote this long letter of recrimination to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. It offers fascinating insights into Wilde's life in prison and the background and psychology of a notorious...


My Autobiography: "Chapters" from the North American Review

by Mark Twain

Famed American author's plain-spoken words recall his boyhood in Hannibal, Missouri, life as a riverboat pilot, as a young adult in rough Nevada mining towns, years spent as a widely renowned author, more.


Letters to a Young Poet

by Rainer Maria Rilke

Written during an important stage in Rilke's artistic development, these letters contain many of the themes that later appeared in his best works. Essential reading for scholars and poetry lovers.


The Correspondence of Henry D. Thoreau: Volume 1: 1834 - 1848

by Henry D. Thoreau & Robert N. Hudspeth

This is the inaugural volume in the first full-scale scholarly edition of Thoreau's correspondence in more than half a century. When completed, the edition's three volumes will include every extant letter written...


A History of the African-American People (Proposed) by Strom Thurmond, as told to Percival Everett & James Kincaid (A Novel)

by Percival Everett & James Kincaid

Veteran authors Everett and Kincaid present an uproarious send-up of one of America's most controversial icons.


The Correspondence of Sarah Helen Whitman and Julia Deane Freeman: Writer to Writer, Woman to Woman

by Catherine Kunce

The letters, drafts, notes, and fragments comprising the correspondence between Sarah Helen Whitman (Poe’s onetime fiancée) and Julia Deane Freeman span a tumultuous period in American history, 1856–1863....


Albert Einstein, The Human Side: Glimpses from His Archives

by Albert Einstein, Banesh Hoffmann, Helen Dukas & Ze'ev Rosenkranz

Modesty, humor, compassion, and wisdom are the traits most evident in this illuminating selection of personal papers from the Albert Einstein Archives. The illustrious physicist wrote as thoughtfully to an Ohio...


Letters Between Katherine Mansfield and John Middleton Murray

by Cherry Hankin

The New Zealand-born writer Mansfield (1888-1923) and her husband, Murry, the English editor and literary critic, exchanged hundreds of passionate, probing letters during their tempestuous 11-year relationship....


Memorable Days: The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps

by Robert Phelps, James Salter, John McIntyre & Michael Dirda

James Salter had written two novels, The Hunters and The Arm of Flesh, but it was his third, remarkable novel A Sport and a Pastime, together with his film Three and a script he had written for Downhill Racer...


Suitable Accommodations

by J. F. Powers & Katherine A. Powers

A wry, moving collection of letters from the late J. F. Powers, "a comic writer of genius" (Mary Gordon)

Best known for his 1963 National Book Award–winning novel, Morte D'Urban, and as a master of the short...