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Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading

by Nina Sankovitch HarperCollins e-books (June 07, 2011)

“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 Talonbooks (October 31, 2014)

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 Cider Mill Press (December 09, 2014)

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 Etruscan Press (October 13, 2014)

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 St. Martin's Press (November 25, 2014)

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 St. Martin's Press (November 18, 2014)

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...


Damned to Fame: the Life of Samuel Beckett

by James Knowlson Bloomsbury Publishing (October 16, 2014)

Samuel Beckett's long-standing friend, James Knowlson, recreates

Beckett's youth in Ireland, his studies at Trinity College, Dublin in

the early 1920s and from there to the Continent, where he plunged into

the...


Arnold Bennett

by Frank Swinnerton Bloomsbury Publishing (August 14, 2014)

'I have tried to depict Arnold Bennett as a man of character and integrity, a fundamentally innocent humorist, a superlative friend, and, to others, not myself, a difficult personality; but I have worked under...


Mary Wollstonecraft

by Janet Todd Bloomsbury Publishing (July 30, 2014)

The combination of Mary Wollstonecraft works, with her efforts to live a revolutionary inner and outer life has no equal. In her richly detailed, all-encompassing biography of the first major feminist in England,...


The Gentle Barbarian

by V.S. Pritchett Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

'A gentle giant', as the Goncourts called him, Turgenev emerged from the barbarous yet doting rules of a terrible mother, whose cruelties to her serfs are at the heart of his hatred of serfdom. He was saturated...


A Man of Letters

by V.S. Pritchett Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

V. S. Pritchett is widely - and justly - regarded not only as one of the finest short story writers of this century, but as a critic and essayist of astonishing range, perception and originality. Combining an...


Evelyn Waugh

by Frances Donaldson Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

In his lifetime, Evelyn Waugh's personality and his attitude to the post-war world aroused almost as much controversy as his works did admiration.

It is with Evelyn Waugh the man as she knew him that Frances...


The Purple Streak

by Rupert Croft-Cooke Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

In this latest volume in Mr. Croft-Cooke's autobiographical series, he writes about the uneasy world of the 1930 and of Spain before the Civil War.

On a personal level, he tells about his new venture into the...


The Wintry Sea

by Rupert Croft-Cooke Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

Part of Croft-Cooke's series of autobiographical works, The Sensual World.The Author says, 'I have given this book its title because the words seem to fit each of the two journeys it records, journeys which,...


The Life and Times of Emile Zola

by F. W. J. Hemmings Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

Controversy surrounded Zola during his life-time, and controversy has followed him ever since. No other French writer was so violently attacked by contemporaries, none had a more devoted following. This high...


Tolstoy

by Edward Crankshaw Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

Tolstoy was not always an old man-not always a bearded patriarch fixing the world with the eye of an angry ancient mariner. He started War and Peace when he was thirty five, and Anna Karenina was finished before...


Barbara Cartland

by John Pearson Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

First published in 1979, this is an account of a phenomenon and a legend in her lifetime, Barbara Cartland has held the world record four years running as the most prolific author alive. Now, with her novels...


George Meredith and English Comedy

by V.S. Pritchett Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

'It is because we learn from the writers who have either got into difficulties or who have a certain vanity in creating them, that I have chosen Meredith as my subject', says Mr. Pritchett at the beginning of...


Baudelaire the Damned

by F. W. J. Hemmings Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

First published in 1982, this penetrating, immensely readable biography of the brilliant poet, translator, and art critic, F. W. J. Hemmings gives us a fascinating new perspective on Baudelaire's extraordinary,...


Alexandre Dumas

by F. W. J. Hemmings Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

The last of Alexandre Dumas's many mistresses, the American actress Adah Menken, called him "the king of romance." She was not thinking only of his immensely popular novels The Three Musketeers and The Count...


Journey from the North, Volume 1

by Storm Jameson Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

In 1960, Storm Jameson decided to write her memoirs. The result was Journey from the North, one of the great literary autobiographies of the century. Volume One, first published in 1969, tells of her childhood...


The Wild Hills

by Rupert Croft-Cooke Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

This Latest Volume of Autobiography opens in 1934, in an isolated hamlet in the Cotswolds. Mr. Croft-Gooke was 30 years old. He had published six novels, was earning £300 a year, and considered himself 'an...


Facades

by John Pearson Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

First published in 1978 Façades details the lives of three of the twentieth century's most intriguing literary figures: Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell. Aristocrats emanating from a privileged but loveless...


Journey from the North, Volume 2

by Storm Jameson Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

The second volume in Storm Jameson s autobiography starts on the eve of the Second World War, and encompasses Jameson's involvement as the first female president of PEN, where she met all of the writers and...


Taken Care Of

by Edith Sitwell Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

Dame Edith Sitwell died while this autobiography was in the course of printing. One of the last acts of her life was to approve the 'specimen page' from the printer. She did not live to correct her proofs and...


Child of the Twenties

by Frances Donaldson Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

No names are dropped for the sake of it. No mad and witty intimacies with the great are vaunted. Few wild parties are attended, despite the eccentric pressures of Frances Donaldson's father, the playwright Frederick...


Chekhov

by V.S. Pritchett Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

V.S. Pritchett explores the connections between Chekhov's life and art, showing how Chekhov often based his fiction on experiences of his difficult early years where he was responsible for his impoverished family,...


The Secret Life of Aphra Behn

by Janet Todd Bloomsbury Publishing (September 19, 2013)

'All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn; for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds,' said Virginia Woolf. Yet that tomb, in Westminster Abbey, records one...


Death and the Maidens

by Janet Todd Bloomsbury Publishing (September 19, 2013)

1816 was the fateful year when the Romantic poet Shelley and his lover Mary shared a hectic creative and sexual menage in Switzerland with Lord Byron. This intense period drew from the men some of the greatest...


Moments of Knowing

by Ann Bridge Bloomsbury Publishing (July 16, 2013)

Ann Bridge, besides being a famous author, was also, in her own words, "a person who frequently has, when awake, inexplicable 'knowings' of events taking place at a distance: and, in dreams, am informed, sometimes...


The Story of J.M.B

by Denis Mackail Bloomsbury Publishing (June 25, 2013)

The authorized biography of Sir James Barrie, Bart, O. M. (1860Â?1937) playwright and novelist. Best known as the author of Peter Pan, Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland, educated at Edinburgh University...


His Second War

by Alec Waugh Bloomsbury Publishing (December 17, 2012)

Alec Waugh, who served in the last war as a regular army officer, was recalled to his regiment in September 1939. After a few months of regimental duties he has filled a succession of Junior Staff appointment,...


Efforts at Truth: An Autobiography

by Nicholas Mosley Bloomsbury Publishing (November 19, 2012)

As a novelist, biographer, editor, and screenwriter, Nicholas Mosley has always been concerned with the central paradox of writing: if by definition fiction is untrue, and biography never complete, is there...


W. Somerset Maugham

by Ivor Brown Bloomsbury Publishing (August 28, 2012)

Somerset Maugham was an English playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest paid author during the 1930s.

In 1947 Maugham instituted...


My Secret Planet

by Denis Healey Bloomsbury Publishing (July 16, 2012)

In this autobiography, Denis Healey reveals the breadth of his interests and his knowledge of the arts. In this book, he takes time to look at the literary influences that have shaped his life - his comments...


A Stranger in Paradise

by Julie Chimes Bloomsbury Publishing (August 01, 2011)

One cold March morning, a young woman lay dying of multiple stab wounds on her own driveway. She came through the nightmare that followed, laughing. This book describes what happened in detail. Julie Chimes...


The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

by Peter Dally St. Martin's Press (November 11, 2014)

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 Tom Doherty Associates (November 04, 2014)

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 Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 21, 2014)

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 Cider Mill Press (September 30, 2014)

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 Talonbooks (September 25, 2014)

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


Bloomsbury Pie

by Regina Marler Henry Holt and Co. (August 19, 2014)

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 Tachyon Publications (September 12, 2010)

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 Ivan R. Dee (November 16, 2010)

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 Scribner (July 15, 2014)

“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 Scribner (April 19, 2011)

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...


Maeve Binchy

by Piers Dudgeon St. Martin's Press (July 22, 2014)

Maeve Binchy's heartwarming tales of love, life, and loss made her one of America's best-loved storytellers. Her novels, which sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, captured imaginations on both sides...


My Poets

by Maureen N. McLane Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 01, 2014)

A thrillingly original exploration of a life lived under poetry's uniquely seductive spell

"Oh! there are spirits of the air," wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley. In this stunningly original book Maureen N. McLane channels...


Out of Sheer Rage

by Geoff Dyer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 24, 2014)

FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD

"In the spirit of Julian Barnes's Flaubert's Parrot and Alain de Botton's How Proust Can Change Your Life, Mr. Dyer's Out of Sheer Rage keeps circling its subject...


Unstuck In Provence: The courage to start over

by Carolyn Tate Carolyn Tate & Co. (February 06, 2014)

Unstuck in Provence -The Courage to Start Over - a memoir At the age of 46, after years of single-motherhood and the unbearable feeling that life is going nowhere, Carolyn decides to get radically unstuck. After...