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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...


Beryl Bainbridge

by Brendan King Bloomsbury Publishing (September 08, 2016)

Dame Beryl Bainbridge was one of the most popular and recognisable English novelists of her generation. She was shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, and her critically acclaimed novels The Dressmaker...


The Jane Austen Writers' Club

by Rebecca Smith Bloomsbury Publishing (September 08, 2016)

A delightful and informative guide to writing like Jane Austen, written by the five-times-great niece of Austen herself

Jane Austen is one of the most beloved writers in the English literary canon. Her novels...


Worlds Apart

by David Plante Bloomsbury Publishing (July 02, 2015)

The writer David Plante has kept a diary of his life among the artistic elite for over half a century. It is an extraordinary document, both deeply personal and a rare window onto disappearing worlds. This extracted...


Edward Thomas: from Adlestrop to Arras

by Jean Moorcroft Wilson Bloomsbury Publishing (May 21, 2015)

Along with Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas is by any reckoning a major first world war poet. A war poet is not one who chooses to commemorate or celebrate a war, but one who reacts against having a war...


Chance Meetings

by William Saroyan Bloomsbury Publishing (January 13, 2015)

In his touching and amusing memoir Chance Meetings, William Saroyan gives us a glimpse of the characters that have left an indelible impression on his mind for years to come. From the Armenian neighbourhood...


Bloomsbury's Outsider

by Sarah Knights Bloomsbury Publishing (May 21, 2015)

Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for best biography 2016

Book of the Year 2015 Sunday Times

Book of the Year 2015 Times Literary Supplement

Book of the Year 2015 Evening Standard

Book of the Year 2015...


The Voyage Home

by Richard Church Bloomsbury Publishing (February 24, 2015)

With uncompromising frankness and the disciplined simplicity of a poet, Richard Church records his own striving Â? his own voyage home Â? towards maturity of understanding and fulfilment. Startling in its...


The Golden Sovereign

by Richard Church Bloomsbury Publishing (March 03, 2015)

The Golden Sovereign, first published in 1957, concludes Mr. Church's autobiographical record, begun with Over the Bridge, that magical re-creation of an Edwardian childhood. The new volume exactly covers the...