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Life in Culture

by Lionel Trilling Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 25, 2018)

A great critic’s quarrels with himself and others, as revealed in his correspondence

In the mid-twentieth century, Lionel Trilling was America’s most respected literary critic. His powerful and subtle essays...


The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (October 19, 2016)

Unlock the more straightforward side of The Sorrows of Young Werther with this concise and insightful summary and analysis!

This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe,...


Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (October 11, 2016)

Unlock the more straightforward side of Letters to a Young Poet with this concise and insightful summary and analysis!

This engaging summary presents well-known collection, Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria...


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (October 11, 2016)

Unlock the more straightforward side of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society with this concise and insightful summary and analysis!

This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Guernsey Literary...


Home and Away

by Karl Ove Knausgaard, Fredrik Ekelund, Don Bartlett & Seán Kinsella Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 10, 2017)

Two world-class writers reveal themselves to be the ultimate soccer fans in these collected letters

Karl Ove Knausgaard is sitting at home in Skåne with his wife, four small children, and dog. He is watching...


The Correspondence

by J. D. Daniels Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 03, 2017)

The first collection from a Whiting Writers’ Award winner whose work has become a fixture of The Paris Review and n+1

Can civilization save us from ourselves? That is the question J. D. Daniels asks in his...


Suitable Accommodations

by J. F. Powers & Katherine A. Powers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 20, 2013)

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...


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

by Sarah Ruhl Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 02, 2014)

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...


In Touch

by Paul Bowles & Jeffrey Miller Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 07, 2014)

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...


The Habit of Being

by Flannery O'Connor & Sally Fitzgerald Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 01, 1988)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Special Award

"I have come to think that the true likeness of Flannery O'Connor will be painted by herself, a self-portrait in words, to be found in her letters . ....


Letters to a Young Novelist

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Natasha Wimmer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 04, 2011)

Mario Vargas Llosa condenses a lifetime of writing, reading, and thought into an essential manual for aspiring writers. Drawing on the stories and novels of writers from around the globe-Borges, Bierce, Céline,...


A Wild Perfection

by James Wright, Jonathan Blunk, Anne Wright & Saundra Rose Maley Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 17, 2005)

The life and work of a major American poet described in his own words.

"There is something about the very form and occasion of a letter--the possibility it offers, the chance to be as open and tentative and uncertain...


The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy

by Christopher Isherwood, Don Bachardy & Katherine Bucknell Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 13, 2014)

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...


Dear Mrs. Kennedy

by Jay Mulvaney & Paul De Angelis St. Martin's Press (October 12, 2010)

From the bestselling author of Kennedy Weddings and Diana and Jackie comes a powerful and moving collection of the condolence letters Jacqueline Kennedy received after the assassination of John F. Kennedy

In...


Counting One's Blessings

by William Shawcross Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 27, 2012)

William Shawcross's official biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, published in September 2009, was a huge critical and commercial success.One of the great revelations of the book was Queen Elizabeth's...


Airmail

by Robert Bly & Tomas Transtromer Graywolf Press (April 02, 2013)

The illuminating letters of the National Book Award winning poet Robert Bly and the Nobel Prize winning poet Tomas Tranströmer

One day in spring 1964, the young American poet Robert Bly left his rural farmhouse...


Celestine

by Gillian Tindall Henry Holt and Co. (November 18, 2014)

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...


Selected Letters of Martha Gellhorn

by Caroline Moorehead Henry Holt and Co. (April 01, 2007)

From Martha Gellhorn's critically acclaimed biographer, the first collected letters of this defining figure of the twentieth-century

Martha Gellhorn's heroic career as a reporter brought her to the front lines...


First Class Citizenship

by Michael G. Long Henry Holt and Co. (October 02, 2007)

Never-before-published letters offer a rich portrait of the baseball star as a fearless advocate for racial justice at the highest levels of American politics

Jackie Robinson's courage on the baseball diamond...


Lives and Letters

by Robert Gottlieb Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 26, 2011)

The product of a lifetime immersed in the literary, performing arts, and entertainment worlds, Lives and Letters spotlights the work, careers, intimate lives, and lasting achievements of a vast array of celebrated...


The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers

by Dorothy L. Sayers & Barbara Reynolds St. Martin's Press (October 14, 2014)

C.S. Lewis said that Dorothy L. Sayers would be acclaimed as one of the great letter-writers of the twentieth century. His opinion is triumphantly confirmed in this collection of letters spanning Sayers's childhood...