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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...

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)


"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...

Passage to Ararat

by Michael J. Arlen Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 17, 2014)

In Passage to Ararat, which received the National Book Award in 1976, Michael J. Arlen goes beyond the portrait of his father, the famous Anglo-Armenian novelist of the 1920s, that he created in Exiles to try...

Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War

by Amanda Vaill Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 22, 2014)

A spellbinding story of love amid the devastation of the Spanish Civil War

Madrid, 1936. In a city blasted by a civil war that many fear will cross borders and engulf Europe—a conflict one writer will call...

Jack London: An American Life

by Earle Labor Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 24, 2013)

A revelatory look at the life of the great American author—and how it shaped his most beloved works

Jack London was born a working class, fatherless Californian in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic...

Roth Unbound

by Claudia Roth Pierpont Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 22, 2013)

A critical evaluation of Philip Roth—the first of its kind—that takes on the man, the myth, and the work

Philip Roth is one of the most renowned writers of our time. From his debut, Goodbye, Columbus, which...

Holding On Upside Down

by Linda Leavell Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 22, 2013)

Winner of the Plutarch Award for the Best Biography of 2013

A mesmerizing and essential biography of the modernist poet Marianne Moore

The Marianne Moore that survives in the popular imagination is dignified,...

Soul of the Age

by Hermann Hesse, Mark Marman & Therodore J. Ziolkowski Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 22, 2013)

Throughout his life, Herman Hesse was a devoted letter writer. He corresponded, not just with friends and family, but also with his readers. From his letters home from the seminary at age fourteen, to his last...

Hermann Hesse: A Pictorial Biography

by Hermann Hesse Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 22, 2013)

Hermann Hesse: A Pictorial Biography offers a wealth of unknown photographic and textual material which was first discovered among Hesse's literary effects after his death. Over 200 photographs chronicle his...

Great Expectations

by Robert Gottlieb Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 27, 2012)

The strange and varied lives of the ten children of the world's most beloved novelist

Charles Dickens, famous for the indelible child characters he created—from Little Nell to Oliver Twist and David Copperfield—was...

Listening for Madeleine

by Leonard S. Marcus Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 13, 2012)

Writer. Matriarch. Mentor. Friend. Icon.

Madeleine L'Engle is perhaps best recognized as the author of A Wrinkle in Time, the enduring milestone work of fantasy fiction that won the 1963 John Newbery Medal for...

The Long Recessional

by David Gilmour Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 11, 2003)

A major new biography of Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was a unique figure in British history, a great writer as well as an imperial icon whose life trajectory matched that of the British Empire...

The Desire of My Eyes

by Wolfgang Kemp & Jan Van Heurck Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 01, 1992)

This "tour de force of analysis" (Joel Agee) examines the life and work of the prolific, visionary writer, painter and critic. Kemp finds in Ruskin's life -- which spanned the same years as Queen Victoria's...

James Joyce

by Gordon Bowker Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 05, 2012)

A revealing new biography—the first in more than fifty years—of one of the twentieth-century's towering literary figures

James Joyce is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, his novels and...


by Hector Abad, Anne McLean & Rosalind Harvey Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 24, 2012)

Oblivion is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written memorial to the author's father, Héctor Abad Gómez, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his murder by paramilitaries in 1987. Twenty years in the...

"Something Urgent I Have to Say to You"

by Herbert Leibowitz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 08, 2011)

Herbert Leibowitz's "Something Urgent I Have to Say to You" provides a new perspective on the life and poetry of the doctor poet William Carlos Williams, a key American writer who led one of the more eventful...

The Tender Hour of Twilight

by Richard Seaver, Jeannette Seaver & James Salter Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 03, 2012)

From Beckett to Burroughs, The Story of O to The Autobiography of Malcolm X, an iconic literary troublemaker tells the colorful stories behind the stories

Richard Seaver came to Paris in 1950 seeking Hemingway's...

House of Exile

by Evelyn Juers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 10, 2011)

In 1933 the author and political activist Heinrich Mann and his partner, Nelly Kroeger, fled Nazi Germany, finding refuge first in the south of France and later, in great despair, in Los Angeles, where Nelly...

A Great Unrecorded History

by Wendy Moffat Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 11, 2010)


With the posthumous publication of his long-suppressed novel Maurice in 1970, E. M. Forster came out as...

Bitter Spring

by Stanislao G. Pugliese Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 09, 2009)

One of the major figures of twentieth-century European literature, Ignazio Silone (1900–78) is the subject of this award-winning new biography by the noted Italian historian Stanislao G. Pugliese. A founding...

Berryman's Shakespeare

by John Berryman & John Haffenden Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 30, 2000)

Edited by John Haffenden

With a Preface by Robert Giroux

John Berryman, one of America's most talented modern poets, was winner of the Pulitzer Prize for 77 Dream Songs and the National Book Award for His Toy,...

Stephen Crane

by John Berryman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 01, 1982)

This is the only biography by a leading American poet of the great American writer, Stephen Crane. John Berryman originally wrote this book in 1950 for the distinguished "American Men of Letters" series, and...

Isaac B. Singer

by Florence Noiville & Catherine Temerson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 17, 2006)

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991) is widely recognized as the most popular Yiddish writer of the twentieth century. His translated body of work, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978, is...

The Nightmare of Reason

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1984

by Ernst Pawel Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2011)

A comprehensive and interpretative biography of Franz Kafka that is both a monumental work of scholarship and a vivid, lively evocation of Kafka's world.

De Kooning's Bicycle

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2004

by Robert Long Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 16, 2005)

Some of the twentieth century's most important artists and writers--from Jackson Pollock to Saul Steinberg, Frank O'Hara to Jean Stafford--lived and worked on the East End of Long Island years before it assumed...

Welcome Home

by Lucia Berlin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 06, 2018)

"As the case with her fiction, Berlin's pieces here are as faceted as the brightest diamond." --Kristin Iversen, NYLON

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE. Named a Fall Read by Buzzfeed, Vulture, Newsday...

Mr. Lear

by Jenny Uglow Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 17, 2018)

A sparkling biography of the poet and artist Edward Lear by the award-winning biographer Jenny Uglow

Edward Lear, the renowned English artist, musician, author, and poet, lived a vivid, fascinating life, but...

The Bughouse

by Daniel Swift Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 07, 2017)

A captivating biography of Ezra Pound told via the stories of his visitors at St. Elizabeths Hospital

In 1945, the great American poet Ezra Pound was deemed insane. He was due to stand trial for treason for his...

James Wright

by Jonathan Blunk Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 17, 2017)

The authorized and sweeping biography of one of America’s most complex, influential, and enduring poets

In the extraordinary generation of American poets who came of age in the middle of the twentieth century,...

The Mighty Franks

by Michael Frank Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 16, 2017)


A psychologically acute memoir about an unusual Hollywood family by Michael Frank, who "brings Proustian acuity and razor-sharp prose to family dramas as primal, and eccentrically...

Romanian Notebook

by Cyrus Console Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 21, 2017)

A diaristic exploration of procrastination, pregnancy, and art

The day before Cyrus Console and his pregnant wife leave for a monthlong visit to Romania, they receive troubling news—the fetus she’s carrying...

Guilty Thing

by Frances Wilson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 04, 2016)

National Book Critics Circle Award, Biographers International Organization Plutarch Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

New York Times Book Review, Times Literary Supplement and The Guardian Best...

Avid Reader

by Robert Gottlieb Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 13, 2016)

A spirited and revealing memoir by the most celebrated editor of his time

After editing The Columbia Review, staging plays at Cambridge, and a stint in the greeting-card department of Macy's, Robert Gottlieb...

John Clare

by Jonathan Bate Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 05, 2016)

The long-awaited literary biography of the supreme "poets' poet"

John Clare (1793-1864) is the greatest labouring-class poet that England has ever produced. No one has ever written more powerfully of nature,...

Chasing Lost Time

by Jean Findlay Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 10, 2015)

The thrilling first-ever biography of Proust translator C. K. Scott Moncrieff, penned by his great-great-niece

"And suddenly the memory returns. The taste was that of the little crumb of madeleine which on Sunday...