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by Andrew Feldman & Timothy Andrés Pabon Blackstone Publishing (December 31, 2019)

From the first North American scholar permitted to study in residence at Hemingway's beloved Cuban home comes a radically new understanding of "Papa's" life in Cuba.

Ernest Hemingway first landed in Cuba in 1928....

Life on the Mississippi

by Mark Twain & Grover Gardner Blackstone Publishing (December 14, 2010)

The Mississippi River, known as “America’s river,” and Mark Twain are practically synonymous in American culture. The popularity of Twain’s steamboat and steamboat pilot on the ever-changing Mississippi...

P. G. Wodehouse

by Frances Donaldson & Frederick Davidson Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2007)

Everyone has come to love the impeccable Jeeves and the inimitable Bertie. But what of their creator, Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, whose ninety-three years produced a volume of work “unsurpassed in the history...

Oscar Wilde

by Frank Harris & Simon Vance Blackstone Publishing (May 01, 2009)

Frank Harris, a journalist and editor, delighted in Oscar Wilde’s genial wit and self-assurance. Wilde’s verbal charms evoked Harris’ financial and emotional support when Victorian England disdained the...

Lives of the Writers

by Kathleen Krull, John C. Brown & Melissa Hughes Blackstone Publishing (April 30, 2010)

History comes to life in this dynamic volume! Here are inside views of twenty writers--people of all shapes, sizes, temperaments, and lifestyles, from various countries and historical periods. Included are William...

Cast of Characters

by Thomas Vinciguerra & Tony Pasqualini Blackstone Publishing (November 09, 2015)

The professional and personal lives of the pioneers of an enduring magazine, the New Yorker

From its birth in 1925 to the early days of the Cold War, the New Yorker slowly but surely took hold as the country's...

The Argonauts

by Maggie Nelson Blackstone Publishing (August 04, 2015)

An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family

Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely...

The Trouble Begins at 8

by Sid Fleischman & Joe Barrett AudioBookShelf (September 01, 2012)

Mark Twain was born fully grown, with a cheap cigar clamped between his teeth. So begins Sid Fleischman's ramble-scramble biography of the great American author and wit, who started life in a Missouri village...

The Story of Charlotte's Web

by Michael Sims & Nick Sullivan Blackstone Publishing (August 01, 2012)

As he was composing what was to become his most enduring and popular book, E. B. White was obeying that oft-repeated maxim: "Write what you know." Helpless pigs, silly geese, clever spiders, greedy rats--White...


by Matthew Parker & Roy McMillan Blackstone Publishing (March 11, 2015)

Amid the lush beauty of Jamaica's northern coast lies thetrue story of Ian Fleming's iconic creation: James Bond.

For two months every year, from 1946 to his death eighteenyears later, Ian Fleming lived at Goldeneye,...

Wilkie Collins

by Peter Ackroyd & Gildart Jackson Blackstone Publishing (October 06, 2015)

A gripping, short biography of the extraordinary Wilkie Collins, author of The Moonstone and The Woman in White, two early masterpieces of mystery and detection

Short and oddly built, with a head too big for...

E. E. Cummings

by Susan Cheever & Stefan Rudnicki Blackstone Publishing (February 11, 2014)

From the acclaimed author of My Name Is Bill and Home before Dark comes a major reassessment of the life and work of one of America'spreeminent twentieth-century poets.

E. E. Cummings' radical experimentation...


by Adam Begley & Grover Gardner Blackstone Publishing (November 04, 2014)

A masterful, much-anticipated biography of oneof the most celebrated figures in American literature: Pulitzer Prize-winningauthor John Updike--a candid, intimate, and richly detailed look at his life andwork...

Donald Hall: Prose & Poetry

by Donald Hall Blackstone Publishing (December 01, 2011)

Author of more than thirty books of poetry and prose, Donald Hall performs here dozens of his best-loved poems, together with excerpts from six of his works of prose. Donald Hall has been writing poems for over...

Take This Man

by Brando Skyhorse & Bronson Pinchot Blackstone Publishing (June 03, 2014)

From PEN/Hemingway award winner Brando Skyhorse comes thisstunning, heartfelt memoir in the vein of The Glass Castle or TheTender Bar, the true story of a boy's turbulent childhood growing up withfive stepfathers...

Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century

by Alexandra Popoff, Stefan Rudnicki & Claire Bloom Blackstone Publishing (March 26, 2019)

If Vasily Grossman's 1961 masterpiece, Life and Fate, had been published during his lifetime, it would have reached the world together with Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago and before Solzhenitsyn's Gulag. But Life...

The Gourmands' Way

by Justin Spring & Bronson Pinchot Blackstone Publishing (October 10, 2017)

A biography of six writers on food and wine whose lives and careers intersected in mid-twentieth-century France

During les trente glorieuses-a thirty-year boom period in France between the end of World War II...

The Distance between Us

by Reyna Grande & Tanya Eby Blackstone Publishing (July 01, 2013)

When Reyna Grande's father leaves his wife and three children behind in a village in Mexico to make the dangerous trek across the border to the United States, he promises he will soon return from "El Otro Lado"...

Being Flynn

by Nick Flynn & Scott Brick Blackstone Publishing (February 02, 2012)

“Sometimes I’d see my father, walking past my building on his way to another nowhere. I could have given him a key, offered a piece of my floor. But if I let him inside the line between us would blur, my...

An American Childhood

by Annie Dillard & Tavia Gilbert Blackstone Publishing (January 17, 2011)

A memoir about parents, the world of science, and consciousness

A book that instantly captured the hearts of readers across the country, An American Childhood is Pulitzer Prize–winning author Annie Dillard’s...


by James L. Haley & Bronson Pinchot Blackstone Publishing (May 25, 2010)

Jack London was born a working-class, fatherless San Franciscan in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic adventurer on the bustling west coast--by and by playing the role of hobo, sailor, and oyster...

Dorothy Parker

by Marion Meade & Grace Conlin Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

She was known for her outrageous one-liners, her ruthless theater criticism, her clever verses and bittersweet stories. But there was another side of Dorothy Parker: a private life set on a course of destruction...

Dorothy L. Sayers

by David Coomes & Wanda McCaddon Blackstone Publishing (August 07, 2012)

Known to millions as the creator of Lord Peter Wimsey and the bestselling author of a dozen detective novels, Dorothy Leigh Sayers was in reality a complex woman––moved, she said, by “a careless rage for...


by Michael Shelden & Frederick Davidson Blackstone Publishing (April 25, 2012)

In his probing and revelatory biography of one of the great prose stylists of the twentieth century, acclaimed biographer Michael Shelden breaks new ground in the evocation of George Orwell’s personal life...

Facets of Ayn Rand

by Charles Sures, Mary Ann Sures, Susan O’Malley & Leonard Peikoff Blackstone Publishing (June 24, 2005)

Facets of Ayn Rand is based on forty-eight hours of interviews with Mary Ann and Charles Sures, longtime personal friends of Ayn Rand. Their recollections make vividly real the Ayn Rand they knew so well.


Defying Hitler

by Sebastian Haffner, Simon Vance & Oliver Pretzel Blackstone Publishing (June 25, 2005)

When the famous German author Sebastian Haffner died at age ninety-one in 1999, a manuscript was discovered among his unpublished papers that offers a compelling eyewitness account of the rise of Hitler and...

García Márquez in 90 Minutes

by Paul Strathern & Simon Vance Blackstone Publishing (June 27, 2005)

García Márquez stands on the shoulders of a great Latin American literary heritage. But he is also that modern rarity, a writer with aspirations to high art who also remains hugely popular. For those who fall...

Dylan Thomas

by Andrew Lycett & Simon Vance Blackstone Publishing (June 26, 2005)

In this authoritative, fresh, and compelling account of the extraordinary life and enduring work of Dylan Thomas—author of Under Milkwood, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Adventures in the Skin Trade, Portrait...

The Hoax

by Clifford Irving & Joe Barrett Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Novelist Clifford Irving’s “autobiography” of Howard Hughes was the literary hoax of our time. This no-holds-barred confession by the author was first published in Great Britain in 1977, where it became...

A Very Easy Death

by Simone de Beauvoir, Hillary Huber & Patrick O’Brian Blackstone Publishing (May 01, 2014)

When her mother was in the hospital with terminal cancer, Simone had time to reminisce about her mother’s early life, as Simone and her sister, Poupette, prepared to face the decision of whether to prolong...

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

by Dito Montiel & Jason Collins Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Orlandito “Dito” Montiel grew up wild in the streets of Astoria, Queens, pulling pranks for Greek and Italian gangsters and confessing at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, gobbling hits of purple...

George Eliot

by Kathryn Hughes & Wanda McCaddon Blackstone Publishing (August 24, 2009)

The daughter of a respectable self-made businessman, the middle-aged Eliot was cast into social exile when she began a scandalous liaison with married writer and scientist George Henry Lewes. Only her burgeoning...


by Stacy Schiff & Anna Fields Blackstone Publishing (October 14, 2009)

Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and hailed by critics as both "monumental" (Boston Globe) and "utterly romantic" (New York magazine), Stacy Schiff's Véra, the story of Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov,...

Borges in 90 Minutes

by Paul Strathern & Simon Vance Blackstone Publishing (February 05, 2009)

Weaving fiction with fact, fantastic matter with historical figures, Borges’ frequent theme of a world where time, culture, and place converge is both timely and pertinent in our advance toward globalization....

Virginia Woolf in 90 Minutes

by Paul Strathern & Simon Vance Blackstone Publishing (January 27, 2009)

A highly sensitive and intelligent child, Virginia Woolf grew up in a large family prone to psychological instability. Throughout her life, she was subject to periods of mental breakdown, yet when she was lucid...

D. H. Lawrence in 90 Minutes

by Paul Strathern & Simon Vance Blackstone Publishing (January 27, 2009)

By the end of his life, Lawrence had despaired of Western civilization, which he felt had corrupted and weakened the human spirit. He believed that we had somehow lost touch with our instinctual being and no...

Ayn Rand and the World She Made

by Anne C. Heller & Bernadette Dunne Blackstone Publishing (October 27, 2009)

Ayn Rand is best known as the author of two phenomenally best-selling ideological novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, which have sold over twelve million copies in the United States alone. Through them,...

Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin

by Marion Meade, Lorna Raver, Janet Carroll & the Hollywood Jazz Cats et al. Blackstone Publishing (June 26, 2005)

This is an exuberant group portrait of four extraordinary writers--Zelda Fitzgerald, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, and Edna Ferber--whose loves, lives, and literary endeavors captured the spirit of...

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

by Thomas de Quincey & Thomas Whitworth Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2007)

In 1804, while a student at Oxford, Thomas De Quincey was looking for relief from excruciating pain when a college acquaintance recommended opium. "Opium!" De Quincey wrote. "Dread agent of unimaginable pleasure...

Disturber of the Peace, Second Edition

by William Manchester & Anthony Heald Blackstone Publishing (March 01, 2008)

This fine biography of H. L. Mencken tells of how, for better or worse, he rose to his unique position as comic genius and preeminent critic of American culture.

In Disturber of the Peace, one finds the facts...

A Feast of Words

by Cynthia Griffin Wolff & Anna Fields Blackstone Publishing (May 04, 2009)

The mystery of how a wealthy New York socialite became a major American novelist is brilliantly explored in this definitive psychological interpretation of Edith Wharton’s life and work. This edition includes...

In the Great Green Room

by Amy Gary & Bernadette Dunne Blackstone Publishing (January 10, 2017)

Children and parents everywhere love Goodnight Moon, but few know its author, Margaret Wise Brown. Quirky and wildly imaginative, she threw wild parties and lived extravagantly off of her royalties. In 1990...

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

by Susan Hertog & Marguerite Gavin Blackstone Publishing (June 22, 2005)

In this first full-length study of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Susan Hertog pierces the public image of Anne and Charles to reveal their story from inside the marriage and gives us a true understanding of the author...

John Bunyan

by John Brown & Wanda McCaddon Blackstone Publishing (September 11, 2008)

A traveling tinker, John Bunyan accepted long imprisonment rather than give up preaching the Gospel. He explained the life of the Spirit in language the common people could understand and in pictures that stuck...

A Writer's People

by V. S. Naipaul & Simon Vance Blackstone Publishing (April 29, 2008)

Born in Trinidad of Indian descent, a resident of England for his entire adult life, and a prodigious traveler, V. S. Naipaul has always faced the challenges of "fitting one civilization to another." Here, he...

The Life of Thomas More

by Peter Ackroyd & Frederick Davidson Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2007)

This book, as much a work of history as a biography, is a masterful reconstruction of the life and imagination of one of the most remarkable figures in history.

Thomas More (1478-1535) was a renowned statesman;...

Things I Should Have Told My Daughter

by Pearl Cleage Blackstone Publishing (April 08, 2014)

In this inspiring memoir, the award-winning playwright andbestselling author of What Looks like Crazy on an Ordinary Day reminisceson the art of juggling marriage, motherhood, and politics while working to becomea...

A Small Place

by Jamaica Kincaid & Robin Miles Blackstone Publishing (October 25, 2016)

From the award-winning author of Annie John comes a brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua.

"If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see. If you come by aeroplane, you will...

Shirley Jackson

by Ruth Franklin & Bernadette Dunne Blackstone Publishing (September 27, 2016)

This historically engaging and relevant biography establishes Shirley Jackson as a towering figure in American literature and revives the life and work of a neglected master.

Still known to millions primarily...

The Writing Life

by Annie Dillard & Tavia Gilbert Blackstone Publishing (February 23, 2011)

With color, irony, and sensitivity, Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Dillard illuminates the dedication, absurdity, and daring that is the writer's life. As it probes and exposes, examines and analyzes, The Writing...