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The Extraordinary Life of Rebecca West: A Biography

by Lorna Gibb Counterpoint (April 21, 2014)

Rebecca West was a leading figure in the twentieth century literary scene. A passionate suffragist, socialist, fiercely intelligent, Rebecca West began her career as a writer with articles in The Freewoman and...


Irrepressible: The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford

by Leslie Brody Counterpoint (September 10, 2010)

Admirers and detractors use the same words to describe Jessica Mitford: subversive, mischief-maker, muckraker. J.K. Rowling calls her her “most influential writer.” Those who knew her best simply called her...


My Father is a Book: A Memoir of Bernard Malamud

by Janna Malamud Smith Counterpoint (February 01, 2013)

Bernard Malamud was one of the most accomplished American novelists of the postwar years. From the Pulitzer Prize winner The Fixer as well as The Assistant, named one of the best "100 All-Time Novels" by Time...


Jesus Land: A Memoir

by Julia Scheeres Counterpoint (October 30, 2012)

Julia and her adopted brother, David, are sixteen-years-old. Julia is white. David is black. It is the mid-1980s and their family has just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees, trailer parks,...


East Hill Farm: Seasons with Allen Ginsberg

by Gordon Ball Counterpoint (November 15, 2011)

“This was Allen Ginsberg,” Gordon Ball declared after recounting intimate moments with the cultural icon and beloved Beat Generation poet on East Hill Farm, outside Cherry Valley, New York.

During the late...


The Education of a Young Poet

by David Biespiel Counterpoint (October 01, 2017)

A beautifully rendered memoir about creative beginnings in the vein of Umberto Eco’s classic Confessions of a Young Novelist.

The Education of a Young Poet is David Biespiel’s moving account of his awakening...


That Wondrous Pattern

by Kathleen Raine, Wendell Berry & Brian Keeble Counterpoint (April 15, 2017)

Kathleen Raine was one of the greatest British poets of the last century. Raised in a deeply literary and spiritual household, she went on to study at Cambridge where she met Jacob Bronowski, William Empson,...


Writers In Paris

by David Burke Counterpoint (March 01, 2009)

No city has attracted so much literary talent, launched so many illustrious careers, or produced such a wealth of enduring literature as Paris. From the 15th century through the 20th, poets, novelists, and playwrights,...


The Love Lives of the Artists

by Daniel Bullen Counterpoint (November 01, 2011)

As the oldest of institutions, marriage seems outdated in modern times, when each individual is encouraged to break with tradition in order to fulfill him- or herself. And so artists like Diego Rivera and Frida...


An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher

by Anne Zimmerman Counterpoint (February 10, 2011)

In An Extravagant Hunger, time slows and is relished, and the turning points and casual strolls of M.F.K. Fisher’s life are unwrapped and savored. From the Berengaria that washed her across the sea to France...


Summer Doorways: A Memoir

by W. S. Merwin Counterpoint (December 01, 2015)

In 1948, twenty-one, already married and graduated from Princeton, W. S. Merwin made his first trip abroad. “Travel from America to Europe became a commonplace, an ordinary commodity, some time ago, but when...


I Have Seen the Future: A Life of Lincoln Steffens

by Peter Hartshorn Counterpoint (April 10, 2011)

At the dawn of the twentieth century, Lincoln Steffens, an internationally known and respected political insider, went rogue to work for McClure’s Magazine. Credited as the proverbial father of muckraking...


Some Sort of Genius: A Life of Wyndham Lewis

by Paul O'Keeffe Counterpoint (June 01, 2015)

“A man of undoubted genius,” T.S. Eliot said of Wyndham Lewis, “…but genius for what precisely it would be remarkably difficult to say.” Painter and draughtsman, novelist, satirist, pamphleteer and critic,...