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Playwrights at Work

Written by Paris Review
Edited by George Plimpton
Introduction by John Lahr

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 30, 2000
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64021-9 (0-679-64021-5)

This third volume in Modern Library’s Paris Review: Writers at Work series gives the student a chance to study the words and opinions of some of the most important and compelling playwrights of our time. The interviews collected here range in date from 1956 to 1997 and in personality from Tennessee... Read more >

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Women Writers at Work
The Paris Review Interviews
Written by Paris Review

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: July 21, 1998
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77129-6 (0-679-77129-8)

With an introduction by Margaret Atwood, and edited by George Plimpton, this volume brings together sixteen of the world's great women writers speaking about their work, their colleagues, and their lives. The writers include:

Marianne Moore
Katherine Anne Porter
Rebecca West
Dorothy Parker
P.L. Travers
Simone de Beauvoir
Eudora Welty
Elizabeth Bishop
Mary McCarthy
Nadine Gordimer
Maya Angelou
Anne Sexton
Toni Morrison
Susan Sontag
Joan Didion
and... Read more >

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Nothing and Everything - The Influence of Buddhism on the American Avant Garde
1942 - 1962
Written by Ellen Pearlman

Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-363-2 (1-58394-363-3)

In America in the late 1950s and early 60s, the world–and life itself–became a legitimate artist’s tool, aligning with Zen Buddhism’s emphasis on “enlightenment at any moment” and living in the now. Simultaneously and independently, parallel movements were occurring in Japan, as artists there, too, strove to break down artistic boundaries... Read more >
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A Political Life
Written by Shimon Peres and David Landau

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4282-9 (0-8052-4282-1)

Israel’s current president gives us a dramatic and revelatory biography of Israel’s first prime minister and its founding father.

Shimon Peres was in his early twenties when he first met David Ben-Gurion. Although the state that he would lead through war and peace had not yet declared its precarious independence, the “Old... Read more >
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Antoine's Alphabet
Watteau and His World
Written by Jed Perl

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 15, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38594-9 (0-307-38594-9)

Antoine Watteau, one of the most mysterious painters who ever lived, is the inspiration for this delightful investigation of the tangled relationship between art and life. Weaving together historical fact and personal reflections, the influential art critic Jed Perl reconstructs the amazing story of this pioneering bohemian artist who, although he... Read more >
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Franklin and Lucy
Mrs. Rutherfurd and the Other Remarkable Women in Roosevelt's Life
Written by Joseph E. Persico

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 12, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7496-6 (0-8129-7496-4)

In Franklin and Lucy, acclaimed author and historian Joseph E. Persico explores FDR’s romance with Lucy Rutherfurd. Persico’s provocative conclusions about their relationship are informed by a revealing range of sources, including never-before-published letters and documents from Lucy Rutherfurd’s estate that attest to the intensity of the affair, which lasted much... Read more >

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A New World Order
Written by Caryl Phillips

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71403-0 (0-375-71403-0)

The Africa of his ancestry, the Caribbean of his birth, the Britain of his upbringing, and the United States where he now lives are the focal points of award-winning writer Caryl Phillips’ profound inquiry into evolving notions of home, identity, and belonging in an increasingly international society.

At once deeply reflective and... Read more >
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The Gray Notebook

Written by Josep Pla
Translated by Peter Bush
Introduction by Valenti Puig

Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-671-9 (1-59017-671-5)

Josep Pla, a budding young writer, was studying law in Barcelona in 1918 when the university was shut down because of the Spanish flu epidemic. Pla returned to his parents’ house in the coastal town of Palafrugell, and with nothing to do he decided to keep a journal in which he... Read more >

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The Life of Alexander the Great

Written by Plutarch
Edited by Arthur Hugh Clough
Translated by John Dryden
Introduction by Victor Hanson

Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7133-0 (0-8129-7133-7)

From one of the most eminent biographers of the ancient world, here is the story that has intrigued readers for centuries--the young king of Macedonia who became known as one of the greatest military geniuses of all time.

Victor Davis Hanson wrote the Introduction to this Modern Library edition of Plutarch's The... Read more >
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Savage Art
A Biography of Jim Thompson
Written by Robert Polito

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 1, 1996
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73352-2 (0-679-73352-3)

Robert Polito recounts Jim Thompson’s relationship with his father, a disgraced Oklahoma sheriff, with the women he adored in life and murdered on the page, with alcohol, would-be censors, and Hollywood auteurs. Unrelenting and empathetic, casting light into the darker caverns of our collective psyche, Savage Art is an exemplary homage... Read more >

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The Little Book of Plagiarism

Written by Richard A. Posner

Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 16, 2007
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42475-5 (0-375-42475-X)

A concise, lively, and bracing exploration of an issue bedeviling our cultural landscape–plagiarism in literature, academia, music, art, and film–by one of our most influential and controversial legal scholars. Best-selling novelists J. K. Rowling and Dan Brown, popular historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Stephen Ambrose, Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree, first... Read more >
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Essential Stories

Written by V.S. Pritchett
Edited by Jeremy Treglown

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7294-8 (0-8129-7294-5)

“In his daily walks through London,” notes Jeremy Treglown in his Introduction to this collection, “Pritchett watched and listened to people as a naturalist observes wild creatures and birds. He knew that oddity is the norm, not the exception.” This finely attuned sense, coupled with an understanding that nothing in life... Read more >
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The Impossible Exile
Stefan Zweig at the End of the World
Written by George Prochnik

Format: Hardcover, 408 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-612-6 (1-59051-612-5)

By the 1930s, Stefan Zweig had become the most widely translated living author in the world. His novels, short stories, and biographies were so compelling that they became instant best sellers. Zweig was also an intellectual and a lover of all the arts, high and low. Yet after Hitler’s rise to... Read more >
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Imagined London
A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City
Written by Anna Quindlen

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: January 17, 2006
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-0-7922-4207-9 (0-7922-4207-6)

Anna Quindlen first visited London from a chair in her suburban Philadelphia home—in one of her beloved childhood mystery novels. She has been back to London countless times since, through the pages of books and in person, and now, in Imagined London, she takes her own readers on a tour of... Read more >
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Ralph Ellison
A Biography
Written by Arnold Rampersad

Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70798-8 (0-375-70798-0)

The definitive biography of one of the most important American writers and cultural intellectuals of the twentieth century—Ralph Ellison, author of the masterpiece Invisible Man.

In 1953, Ellison’s explosive story of an innocent young black man’s often surreal search for truth and his identity won him the National Book Award for fiction... Read more >
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The Black Count
Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo (Pulitzer Prize for Biography)
Written by Tom Reiss

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38247-4 (0-307-38247-8)

Winner of the Pulitizer Prize and The PEN Literary Prize/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography

Here is the remarkable true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo – a stunning feat of historical sleuthing that brings to life the forgotten hero who inspired such classics as The Count of Monte... Read more >

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Life Stories
Profiles from The New Yorker
Written by David Remnick

Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75751-8 (0-375-75751-1)

One of art's purest challenges is to translate a human being into words. The New Yorker has met this challenge more successfully and more originally than any other modern American journal. It has indelibly shaped the genre known as the Profile. Starting with light-fantastic evocations of glamorous and idiosyncratic figures of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Walt Whitman's America
A Cultural Biography
Written by David S. Reynolds

Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 1996
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76709-1 (0-679-76709-6)

Winner of the Bancroft Prize
Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award

In his poetry Whitman set out to encompass all of America and in so doing heal its deepening divisions. This magisterial biography demonstrates the epic scale of his achievement, as well as the dreams and anxieties that impelled it, as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.


Written by Michael Paul Rogin

Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 28, 2013
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83094-4 (0-307-83094-2)

In this major reconsideration of Herman Melville’s life and work, Michael Paul Rogin shows that Melville’s novels are connected both to the important issues of his time and to the exploits of his patrician and politically prominent family—which, three generations after its Revolutionary War heroes, produced an alcoholic, a bankrupt, and... Read more >

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Parallel Lives
Five Victorian Marriages
Written by Phyllis Rose

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1984
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-72580-2 (0-394-72580-8)

"A lively study...Rose's anecdotes and insights provide a fresh view of the circumstances that bedeviled relations between the sexes a century ago...The couples could not have been better chosen. Each contains one famous writer: John Ruskin, Thomas Carlyle, John Stuart Mill, Charles Dickens and George Eliot, nee Marian Evans. Three of... Read more >
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Portrait of Hemingway

Written by Lillian Ross

Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 6, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75438-8 (0-375-75438-5)

On May 13, 1950, Lillian Ross's first portrait of Ernest Hemingway was published in The New Yorker. It was an account of two days Hemingway spent in New York in 1949 on his way from Havana to Europe. This candid and affectionate profile was tremendously controversial at the time, to the... Read more >

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Reading Myself and Others

Written by Philip Roth

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 29, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74907-3 (0-679-74907-1)

The interviews, essays, and articles collected here span a quarter century of Philip Roth's distinguished career and "reveal [a] preoccupation with the relationship between the written and the unwritten world." Here is Roth on himself and his work, including Portnoy's Complaint, Our Gang, and My Life as a Man; on the... Read more >

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Shop Talk
A Writer and His Colleagues and Their Work
Written by Philip Roth

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71413-9 (0-375-71413-8)

In Philip Roth’s intimate intellectual encounters with an international and diverse cast of writers, they explore the importance of region, politics and history in their work and trace the imaginative path by which a writer’s highly individualized art is informed by the wider conditions of life.

With Primo Levi, Roth discusses the... Read more >

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The Baroness
The Search for Nica, the Rebellious Rothschild
Written by Hannah Rothschild

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-96198-3 (0-307-96198-2)

Beautiful, romantic and spirited, Pannonica, known as Nica, named after her father’s favorite moth, was born in 1913 to extraordinary, eccentric privilege and a storied history. The Rothschild family had, in only five generations, risen from the ghetto in Frankfurt to stately homes in England. As a child, Nica took her... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Who We Are
On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer
Edited by Derek Rubin

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4239-3 (0-8052-4239-2)

This unprecedented collection brings together the major Jewish American writers of the past fifty years as they examine issues of identity and how they've made their work respond.

E. L. Doctorow questions the very notion of the Jewish American writer, insisting that all great writing is secular and universal. Allegra Goodman embraces... Read more >
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