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Shelley: The Pursuit

Written by Richard Holmes
Introduction by Richard Holmes


Format: eBook
On Sale: March 20, 2013
Price: $35.00

Shelley: The Pursuit is the book with which Richard Holmes—the finest literary biographer of our day—made his name. Dispensing with the long-established Victorian picture of Shelley as a blandly ethereal character, Holmes projects a startling image of “a darker and more earthly, crueler and more capable figure.” Expelled from college, disowned... Read more >
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Farther and Wilder
Farther and Wilder
Written by Blake Bailey
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307962201
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Farther and Wilder
The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson
Written by Blake Bailey


Format: eBook, 496 pages
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $13.99

From the prizewinning biographer of Richard Yates and John Cheever, here is the fascinating biography of Charles Jackson, the author of The Lost Weekend—a writer whose life and work encapsulated what it meant to be an addict and a closeted gay man in mid-century America, and what one had to do...

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Scribblin' for a Livin': Mark Twain's Pivotal Period in Buffalo
Scribblin' for a Livin': Mark Twain's Pivotal Period in Buffalo
Written by Thomas J. Reigstad
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ISBN: 9781616145910
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Scribblin' for a Livin': Mark Twain's Pivotal Period in Buffalo
Mark Twain's Pivotal Period in Buffalo
Written by Thomas J. Reigstad


Format: Trade Paperback, 340 pages
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $19.00

In August 1869, a thirty-three-year-old journalist named Samuel Clemens - or as he was later known, Mark Twain - moved to Buffalo, New York. At the time, he had high hopes of establishing himself as a successful newspaper editor of the Buffalo Morning Express in the thriving, up-and-coming metropolis at the... Read more >
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Scribblin' for a Livin': Mark Twain's Pivotal Period in Buffalo

Written by Thomas J. Reigstad


Format: eBook
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $11.99

In August 1869, a thirty-three-year-old journalist named Samuel Clemens - or as he was later known, Mark Twain - moved to Buffalo, New York. At the time, he had high hopes of establishing himself as a successful newspaper editor of the Buffalo Morning Express in the thriving, up-and-coming metropolis at the... Read more >
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Wars I Have Seen
Wars I Have Seen
Written by Gertrude Stein
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307830197
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Wars I Have Seen

Written by Gertrude Stein


Format: eBook, 208 pages
On Sale: March 13, 2013
Price: $11.99

Wars I Have Seen is the American writer Gertrude Stein's memoir of her experiences during the Second World War.  Gertrude Stein was living in Europe during the time of the war. Read more >
A Day at the Beach
A Day at the Beach
Written by Geoffrey Wolff
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307829269
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A Day at the Beach
Recollections
Written by Geoffrey Wolff


Format: eBook, 288 pages
On Sale: March 6, 2013
Price: $9.99

With these interwoven autobiographical essays, Geoffrey Wolff, author of the acclaimed The Duke of Deception, recounts the moral (and immoral) education of a writer, friend, husband, and father, as he offers his spirited, elegant, and deeply felt observations on an extraordinary life: from wildly dysfunctional childhood Christmases to a concupiscent career... Read more >
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Melville
Melville
Written by Andrew Delbanco
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307831712
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Melville
His World and Work
Written by Andrew Delbanco


Format: eBook, 448 pages
On Sale: February 20, 2013
Price: $12.99

If Dickens was nineteenth-century London personified, Herman Melville was the quintessential American. With a historian’s perspective and a critic’s insight, award-winning author Andrew Delbanco marvelously demonstrates that Melville was very much a man of his era and that he recorded — in his books, letters, and marginalia; and in conversations with... Read more >
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Victor Serge
Victor Serge
Written by Susan Weissman
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ISBN: 9781844678877
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Victor Serge
A Biography
Written by Susan Weissman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $29.95

Revolutionary novelist, historian, anarchist, Bolshevik and dissident—Victor Sergeis one of the most compelling figures of Soviet history. Set against some of themomentous events of the twentieth century, Victor Serge reveals dauntless vigor of a man whose views often reflect the struggles of our own time. Read more >
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Clear Springs
Clear Springs
Written by Bobbie Ann Mason
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307830241
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Clear Springs
A Memoir
Written by Bobbie Ann Mason


Format: eBook, 336 pages
On Sale: February 6, 2013
Price: $11.99

In this superb memoir, the bestselling author of In Country and other award-winning books tells her own story, and the story of a Kentucky farm family, the Masons of Clear Springs. Like Russell Baker's Growing Up, Jill Ker Conway's The Road from Coorain, and other classic literary memoirs, Clear Springs takes... Read more >
Ezra Pound
Ezra Pound
Written by John Tytell
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307833341
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Ezra Pound
The Solitary Volcano
Written by John Tytell


Format: eBook, 400 pages
On Sale: February 6, 2013
Price: $12.99

Unlike other biographical portraits of Ezra Pound, John Tytell’s brilliant and ambitious work offers an interpretive study that boldly confronts the emotional truths and psychological drama that formed this complex and controversial American poet. Neither an apology nor a condemnation, it presents instead a meticulous exploration into the mind and vision... Read more >
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Graven With Diamonds
Graven With Diamonds
Written by Nicola Shulman
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ISBN: 9781586422073
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Graven With Diamonds
The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt: Poet, Lover, Statesman, and Spy in the Court of Henry VIII
Written by Nicola Shulman


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
On Sale: February 5, 2013
Price: $24.00

In this thrillingly entertaining book, Nicola Shulman interweaves the bloody events of Henry VIII's reign with the story of English love poetry and the life of its first master, Henry VIII's most glamorous and enigmatic subject: Sir Thomas Wyatt.

 Poet, statesman, spy, lover of Anne Boleyn and favorite both of Henry VIII and... Read more >
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Graven With Diamonds
The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt: Poet, Lover, Statesman, and Spy in the Court of Henry VIII
Written by Nicola Shulman


Format: eBook
On Sale: February 5, 2013
Price: $19.99

In this thrillingly entertaining book, Nicola Shulman interweaves the bloody events of Henry VIII's reign with the story of English love poetry and the life of its first master, Henry VIII's most glamorous and enigmatic subject: Sir Thomas Wyatt.

 Poet, statesman, spy, lover of Anne Boleyn and favorite both of Henry VIII and... Read more >
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My Century

Written by Aleksander Wat
Translated by Richard Lourie
Introduction by Czeslaw Milosz


Format: eBook
On Sale: January 30, 2013
Price: $22.95

In My Century the great Polish poet Aleksander Wat provides a spellbinding account of life in Eastern Europe in the midst of the terrible twentieth century. Based on interviews with Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, My Century describes the artistic, sexual, and political experimentation—in which Wat was a major participant—that followed... Read more >
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An Education in Happiness
The Lessons of Hesse and Tagore
Written by Flavia Arzeni
Translated by Howard Curtis


Format: eBook
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $9.99

Happiness "is neither a privilege of the few, nor a fleeting state of mind: it is hidden behind a door that every person can open once they have found it, at the end of an arduous journey of self-discovery."
The two Nobel Prize-winning writers Rabindranath Tagore and Hermann Hesse are arguably very... Read more >
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Letters From the Palazzo Barbaro

Written by Henry James


Format: eBook
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $9.99

The novelist Henry James arrived in Venice as a tourist, and instantly fell in love with the city – particularly with the splendid Palazzo Barbaro, home of the expatriate American Curtis family. This selection of letters covers the period 1869-1907 and provides a unique record of the life and work of... Read more >
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The Man Within My Head
The Man Within My Head
Written by Pico Iyer
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ISBN: 9780307387561
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The Man Within My Head

Written by Pico Iyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
On Sale: January 22, 2013
Price: $15.00

Ever since he first discovered Graham Greene's work, Pico Iyer has felt a haunting closeness with the English writer. In The Man Within My Head, Iyer follows Greene's trail from his first novel, The Man Within, to such later classics as The Quiet American, examining Greene's obsessions, his elusiveness, and his...

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The Silent Woman
The Silent Woman
Written by Janet Malcolm
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ISBN: 9780307830616
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The Silent Woman
Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
Written by Janet Malcolm


Format: eBook, 224 pages
On Sale: January 16, 2013
Price: $11.99

From the moment it was first published in The New Yorker, this brilliant work of literary criticism aroused great attention. Janet Malcolm brings her shrewd intelligence to bear on the legend of Sylvia Plath and the wildly productive industry of Plath biographies. Features a new Afterword by Malcolm. Read more >
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Good Prose
Good Prose
Written by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd
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ISBN: 9781400069750
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Good Prose
The Art of Nonfiction
Written by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
On Sale: January 15, 2013
Price: $26.00

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS

Good Prose is an inspiring book about writing—about the creation of good prose—and the record of a warm and productive literary friendship. The story begins in 1973, in the offices of The Atlantic Monthly, in Boston, where a young freelance... Read more >
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Good Prose
Good Prose
Written by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd
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ISBN: 9780679604723
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Good Prose
The Art of Nonfiction
Written by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd


Format: eBook, 224 pages
On Sale: January 15, 2013
Price: $11.99

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS

Good Prose is an inspiring book about writing—about the creation of good prose—and the record of a warm and productive literary friendship. The story begins in 1973, in the offices of The Atlantic Monthly, in Boston, where a young freelance... Read more >
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Adieux
Adieux
Written by Simone De Beauvoir
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307832184
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Adieux
A Farewell to Sartre
Written by Simone De Beauvoir


Format: eBook, 464 pages
On Sale: January 9, 2013
Price: $11.99

Simone de Beauvoir’s account of the last ten years of Jean-Paul Sartre’s life provides a focus for understanding one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century. But the book, consisting of both a year-by-year account of Sartre’s last decade and a conversation between him and de Beauvoir about his life...

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A Very Easy Death
A Very Easy Death
Written by Simone De Beauvoir
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ISBN: 9780307832191
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A Very Easy Death

Written by Simone De Beauvoir


Format: eBook, 112 pages
On Sale: January 9, 2013
Price: $9.99

A Very Easy Death has long been considered one of Simone de Beauvoir’s masterpieces. The profoundly moving, day-by-day recounting of her mother’s death “shows the power of compassion when it is allied with acute intelligence” (The Sunday Telegraph).
 
Powerful, touching, and sometimes shocking, this is an end-of-life account that no reader is...

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David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview
and Other Conversations
Written by David Foster Wallace


Format: eBook
On Sale: December 18, 2012
Price: $15.95

In intimate and eloquent interviews, including the last he gave before his suicide, the writer hailed by A.O. Scott of The New York Times as “the best mind of his generation” considers the state of modern America, entertainment and discipline, adulthood, literature, and his own inimitable writing style.

In addition to Wallace’s last interview, the... Read more >
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Here Lies: An Autobiography
Here Lies: An Autobiography
Written by Eric Ambler
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ISBN: 9780307950109
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Here Lies: An Autobiography
An Autobiography
Written by Eric Ambler


Format: eBook, 336 pages
On Sale: December 11, 2012
Price: $11.99

Winner of the Edgar Award, Eric Ambler’s autobiography Here Lies is an intriguing look inside the mind of one of our greatest thriller writers. Here the famously recalcitrant Ambler peels back the layers of experience that affected his life with the same skill he uses to unfold the plots of his...

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David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview
David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview
Written by David Foster Wallace
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ISBN: 9781612192062
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David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview
and Other Conversations
Written by David Foster Wallace


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
On Sale: December 5, 2012
Price: $15.95

In intimate and eloquent interviews, including the last he gave before his suicide, the writer hailed by A.O. Scott of The New York Times as “the best mind of his generation” considers the state of modern America, entertainment and discipline, adulthood, literature, and his own inimitable writing style.

In addition to Wallace’s last interview, the... Read more >
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Selected Letters of William Styron
Selected Letters of William Styron
Written by William Styron, Edited by Rose Styron and R. Blakeslee Gilpin
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781400068067
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Selected Letters of William Styron

Written by William Styron
Edited by Rose Styron and R. Blakeslee Gilpin


Format: Hardcover, 704 pages
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $40.00

In 1950, at the age of twenty-four, William Clark Styron, Jr., wrote to his mentor, Professor William Blackburn of Duke University. The young writer was struggling with his first novel, Lie Down in Darkness, and he was nervous about whether his “strain and toil” would amount to anything. “When I mature... Read more >
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