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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.)...


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...

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...

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...

American Saint

by Joan Barthel & Maya Angelou St. Martin's Press (March 04, 2014)

In this riveting biography of Elizabeth Seton critically acclaimed and bestselling author Joan Barthel tells the mesmerizing story of a woman whose life featured wealth and poverty, passion and sorrow, love...

Anthony Burgess

by Roger Lewis St. Martin's Press (February 04, 2014)

Interviewer: "On what occasions do you lie?" Anthony Burgess: "When I write, when I speak, when I sleep."

He was the last great modernist. Novelist, composer, librettist, essayist, semanticist, translator, critic,...

My First Seven Years (Plus a Few More)

by Dario Fo & Joseph Farrell St. Martin's Press (February 04, 2014)

An extraordinary coming-of-age memoir by the Nobel-Prize-winning playwright

My First Seven Years is Dario Fo's fantastic, enchanting memoir of his youth spent in Northern Italy on the shores of Lago Maggiore....

Hide-and-Seek with Angels

by Lisa Chaney St. Martin's Press (December 31, 2013)

What kind of man creates a boy who never grows up? More than 100 years after Peter Pan first appeared on the London stage, author J. M. Barrie remains one of the most complex and enigmatic figures in modern...

Jack London

by Alex Kershaw St. Martin's Press (August 20, 2013)

Raised in poverty as an illegitimate child, Jack London dropped out of school to support his mother, working in mind-deadening jobs that would foster a lifelong interest in socialism. Brilliant and self-taught,...

Walt Whitman

by Walt Whitman & Gary Schmidgall St. Martin's Press (October 08, 2013)

A fully unexpurgated collection that restores the sexual vitality and subversive flair suppressed by Whitman himself in later editions of Leaves of Grass.

A century after his death, Whitman is still celebrated...


by Paul Alexander St. Martin's Press (August 27, 2013)

J.D. Salinger was one of the twentieth century's greatest writers. He was also one of its most elusive. After making his mark on the American literary scene, Salinger retreated to a small town in New Hampshire...

Ian Fleming

by Andrew Lycett St. Martin's Press (October 01, 2013)

We all know who James Bond is, but how many of us know much about his creator, Ian Fleming, a master of espionage and thrillers? In this full-length biography, author Andrew Lycett tells the story of Ian Fleming's...

The Doctor and the Detective

by Martin Booth St. Martin's Press (May 10, 2013)

This entertaining, smart biography of Arthur Conan Doyle presents a modern day interpretation of the man who, contrary to his best efforts, will always be known as the creator of the great detective, Sherlock...

Dan Brown: The Unauthorized Biography

by Lisa Rogak St. Martin's Press (May 07, 2013)

The Revealing Story of Dan Brown, the Man Who Outsold the Bible

The Da Vinci Code made Dan Brown one of the most popular authors in history. Yet he's also one of the most secretive, rarely granting interviews...

Giving Up

by Jillian Becker St. Martin's Press (May 12, 2003)

Giving Up is Jillian Becker's intimate account of her brief but extraordinary time with Sylvia Plath during the winter of 1963, the last months of the poet's life. Abandoned by Ted Hughes, Sylvia found companionship...

American Isis

by Carl Rollyson St. Martin's Press (January 29, 2013)

On the fiftieth anniversary of her death, a startling new vision of Plath—the first to draw from the recently-opened Ted Hughes archive

The life and work of Sylvia Plath has taken on the proportions of myth....

Masters of Mystery: The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini

by Christopher Sandford St. Martin's Press (November 22, 2011)

Renowned mystery author Arthur Conan Doyle and famous illusionist Harry Houdini first met in 1920, during the magician's tour of England. At the time, Conan Doyle had given up his lucrative writing career, killing...

Looking for Anne of Green Gables

by Irene Gammel St. Martin's Press (July 08, 2008)

In June 1908, a red-haired orphan appeared on to the streets of Boston and a modern legend was born. That little girl was Anne Shirley, better known as Anne of Green Gables, and her first appearance was in a...

Gabriel García Márquez

by Ilan Stavans St. Martin's Press (January 05, 2010)

This long-awaited biography provides a fascinating and comprehensive picture of García Márquez's life up to the publication of his classic 100 Years of Solitude. Based on nearly a decade of research, this...

Haunted Heart

by Lisa Rogak St. Martin's Press (January 05, 2010)

A fascinating look at the life of the author who created such modern classics as Carrie, IT, and The Shining.

One of the most prolific and popular authors in the world today, Stephen King has become part of pop...

Anton Chekhov

by Mikhail Chekhov & Eugene Alper St. Martin's Press (December 22, 2009)

In a style reminiscent of Anton Chekhov himself--realistic, intimate, and dynamic--Mikhail Chekhov shares unparalleled memories and insights, transporting readers into the world of the Chekhov family. He visits...

Women of Mystery

by Martha Hailey DuBose St. Martin's Press (December 11, 2000)

In this remarkable book, Martha Hailey DuBose has given those multitudes of readers who love the mystery novel an indispensable addition to their libraries. Unlike other works on the subject, Women of Mystery...

The Red Hot Typewriter

by Hugh Merrill St. Martin's Press (August 12, 2000)

Although John D. MacDonald published seventy novels and more than five hundred short stories in his lifetime, he is remembered best for his Travis McGee series. He introduced McGee in 1964 with The Deep Blue...

Stephenie Meyer

by Marc Shapiro St. Martin's Press (January 05, 2010)

The romance of vampire Edward and human Bella in the books Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn has captured the imaginations of millions of readers and become an amazing success story. No less amazing...

The Trials of a Scold

by Jeff Biggers St. Martin's Press (November 07, 2017)

The Trials of a Scold, by American Book Award-winning author Jeff Biggers, is a well-researched and passionate biography of Anne Royall, one of America's first female muckrakers, who was convicted as a "common...

Goodbye Christopher Robin

by Ann Thwaite St. Martin's Press (October 10, 2017)

Goodbye Christopher Robin: A.A. Milne and the Making of Winnie-the-Pooh is drawn from Ann Thwaite’s Whitbread Award-winning biography of A. A. Milne , one of England’s most successful writers. After serving...

The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers Vol II

by Dorothy L. Sayers & Barbara Reynolds St. Martin's Press (December 02, 2014)

This second volume of Dorothy L. Sayers covers the seven years in which the greatest detective novelist of the golden age--and the creator of Lord Peter Wimsey--turns away from mystery writing to become a playwright...

L. Frank Baum

by Katharine M. Rogers St. Martin's Press (April 01, 2007)

Since it was first introduced over a hundred years ago in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum's world of Oz has become one of the most enduring and beloved creations in children's literature. It has influenced...

A Boy Named Shel

by Lisa Rogak St. Martin's Press (November 13, 2007)

Few authors are as beloved as Shel Silverstein. His inimitable drawings and comic poems have become the bedtime staples of millions of children and their parents, but few readers know much about the man behind...

A Prison Diary

by Jeffrey Archer St. Martin's Press (April 01, 2010)

On July 19, 2001, following a conviction for perjury, international bestselling author Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in prison. Prisoner FF8282, as Archer is now known, spent the first three weeks...

Behind the Mask

by Matthew Dennison St. Martin's Press (June 09, 2015)

A dazzling new biography of Vita Sackville-West, the 20th century aristocrat, literary celebrity, devoted wife, famous lover of Virginia Woolf, recluse, and iconoclast who defied categorization.

In this stunning...

Prince of Stories

by Stephen R. Bissette, Hank Wagner, Christopher Golden & Terry Pratchett St. Martin's Press (October 28, 2008)

Over the past twenty years, Neil Gaiman has developed into the premier fantasist of his generation, achieving that rarest of combinations—unrivaled critical respect and extraordinary commercial success. From...

The Six

by Laura Thompson St. Martin's Press (September 06, 2016)


“Riveting. The Six captures all the wayward magnetism and levity that have enchanted countless writers without neglecting the tragic darkness of many of the sisters’ life...


by Robin Waterfield St. Martin's Press (September 08, 2015)

Born in the mountains of northern Lebanon, Kahlil Girbran (1883-1931) - mystic, society philosopher, author of one of the most enduring works of the 20th century, The Prophet - immigrated to the United States...

The Last Love Song

by Tracy Daugherty St. Martin's Press (August 25, 2015)

In The Last Love Song, Tracy Daugherty, the critically acclaimed author of Hiding Man (a New Yorker and New York Times Notable book) and Just One Catch, and subject of the hit documentary The Center Will Not...


by Ann Charters & Allen Ginsberg St. Martin's Press (March 24, 2015)

Now that Kerouac's major novel, On the Road is accepted as an American classic, academic critics are slowly beginning to catch up with his experimental literary methods and examine the dozen books comprising...

James Tiptree, Jr.

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography 2006

by Julie Phillips St. Martin's Press (January 06, 2015)

James Tiptree, Jr. burst onto the science fiction scene in the 1970s with a series of hard-edged, provocative short stories. Hailed as a brilliant masculine writer with a deep sympathy for his female characters,...