Literary Non-Fiction - Biography


  • "Disintegration of the Atom," "Petersburg Winters"

    By Georgy Ivanov

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    • ISBN-13: 9781618114549
    • Publisher: Academic Studies Press
  • The $60,000 Dog: My Life with Animals

    By Lauren Slater

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780807001912
    • Publisher: Beacon Press
    • Published: 2012
    An author and psychologist describes her love for the animals in her life and the various contributions they have made.
  • '66 Frames

    By Gordon Ball

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781566890823
    • Publisher: Coffee House Press
    • Published: April 1999
    Independent filmaker chronicles his encounters with Allen Ginsburg, Timothy Leary, Andy Warhol, and others.
  • '74 and Sunny: A Memoir

    By A. J. Benza

    Our Price: $13.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781476738789
    • Publisher: Gallery Books
    • Published: July 2015
  • 'An Inward Necessity': The Writer's Life of Lucas Malet

    By Patricia Lorimer Lundberg

    Our Price: $50.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780820468082
    • Publisher: Peter Lang
    • Published: August 2003
    Patricia Lorimer Lundberg is Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies and Executive Director of the Center for Cultural Discovery and Learning at Indiana University Northwest.
  • 'Dear Genius ...': A Memoir of My Life with Truman Capote

    By Jack Dunphy

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780070183179
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Company
    • Published: 1987
    This biography by Truman Capote's companion of thirty-five years offers a portrait of the writers and a memoir of their tempestuous relationship
  • 'Famous in My Time': Byron's Letters and Journals, Volume 2: 1810-1812

    By George Gordon Lord Byron

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780674089419
    • Publisher: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
    • Published: January 1973
    George Gordon Byron was a superb letter-writer: almost all his letters, whatever the subject or whoever the recipient, are enlivened by his wit, his irony, his honesty, and the sharpness of his observation of people. They provide a vivid self-portrait of the man who, of all his contemporaries, seems to express attitudes and feelings most in tune with the twentieth century. In addition, they offer a mirror of his own time. This first collected edition of all Byron’s known letters supersedes Prothero’s incomplete edition at the turn of the century. It includes a considerable number of hitherto unpublished letters and the complete text of many that were bowdlerized by former editors for a variety of reasons. Prothero’s edition included 1,198 letters. This edition has more than 3,000, over 80 percent of them transcribed entirely from the original manuscripts. The second volume of Byron’s letters embraces his second year in Greece, his revealing accounts to Hobhouse and others of his life in Athens, his visit to Veli Pasha, and his return by Malta to England. It covers the period of the loss of his mother and of several of his closest friends, of his first acquaintance with Moore and Rogers, his maiden speech in the House of Lords, the publication of Childe Harold, and the resulting fame that brought him into Whig society. It marks the beginning of his correspondence with Lady Melbourne, who became the confidante of his liaisons with Lady Caroline Lamb and Lady Oxford, and who forwarded his first (rejected) proposal to Annabella Milbanke.
  • 'I am a Phenomenon Quite Out of the Ordinary': The Notebooks, Diaries and Letters of Daniil Kharms

    By Anthony Anemone

    Our Price: $129.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781936235964
    • Publisher: Academic Studies Press
    • Published: March 2013
    In addition to his numerous works in prose and poetry for both children and adults, Daniil Kharms, (1905-42), one of the founders of Russia's “lost literature of the absurd,” wrote notebooks and a diary for most of his adult life. Published for the first time in recent years in Russian, these notebooks provide an intimate look at the daily life and struggles of one of the central figures of the literary avant-garde in Post-Revolutionary Leningrad. While Kharms's stories have been translated and published in English, these diaries represents an invaluable source for English-language readers who having already discovered Kharms in translation desire to learn about the life and times of an avant-garde writer in the first decades of Soviet power.
  • 'Membering

    By Austin Clarke

    Our Price: $39.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781459730342
    • Publisher: Dundurn
    • Published: September 2015
    The unforgettable memoir of Giller Prize–winning author and poet Austin Clarke, called “Canada’s first multicultural writer.”Austin Clarke is a distinguished and celebrated novelist and short-story writer. His works often centre around the immigrant experience, of which he writes with humour and compassion, happiness and sorrow. In’Membering, Clarke shares his own experiences growing up in Barbados and moving to Toronto to attend university in 1955 before becoming a journalist. With vivid realism he describes Harlem of the ’60s, meeting and interviewing Malcolm X and writers Chinua Achebe and LeRoi Jones. Clarke went on to become a pioneering instructor of Afro-American Literature at Yale University and inspired a new generation of Afro-American writers.Clarke has been called Canada’s first multicultural writer. Here he eschews a traditional chronological order of events and takes the reader on a lyrical tour of his extraordinary life, interspersed with thought-provoking meditations on politics and race. Telling things as he ’members them.
  • 'Not I, But the Wind...'

    By Frieda Lawrence

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781299179875
    • Publisher: The Viking Press
    • Published: October 1934
    Memoirs of her husband by Frieda Lawrence (geb. Freiin von Richthofen) with eighty-nine letters, poems, and other original material written by D.H. Lawrence.
  • 'Orientalist Jones': Sir William Jones, Poet, Lawyer, and Linguist, 1746-1794

    By Michael J. Franklin

    Our Price: $35.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780199532001
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
    • Published: October 2011
    Sir William Jones (1746-94) was the foremost Orientalist of his generation and one of the greatest intellectual navigators of all time. He re-drew the map of European thought. 'Orientalist' Jones was an extraordinary man and an intensely colourful figure. At the age of twenty-six, Jones was elected to Dr Johnson's Literary Club, on terms of intimacy with the metropolitan luminaries of the day. The names of his friends in Britain and India present a roll-call of late eighteenth-century glitterati: Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Benjamin Franklin, Joseph Priestley, Edmund Burke, Warren Hastings, Johannes Zoffany, Edward Gibbon, Oliver Goldsmith, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Charles James Fox, William Pitt, and David Garrick. In Bengal his Sanskrit researches marked the beginning of Indo-European comparative grammar, and modern comparative-historical linguistics, of Indology, and the disciplines of comparative literature, philology, mythology, and law. He did more than any other writer to destroy Eurocentric prejudice, reshaping Western perceptions of India and the Orient. His commitment to the translation of culture, a multiculturalism fascinated as much by similitude as difference, profoundly influenced European and British Romanticism, offering the West disconcerting new relationships and disorienting orientations. Jones's translation of the Hindu myth of Sakuntala (1789) led to an Oriental renaissance in the West and cultural revolution in India. Remembered with great affection throughout the subcontinent as a man who facilitated India's cultural assimilation into the modern world, Jones helped to build India's future on the immensity, sophistication, and pluralism of its past. Michael J. Franklin's extensive archival research reveals new insights into this radical intellectual: a figure characterized by Goethe as 'a far-seeing man, he seeks to connect the unknown to the known', and described by Dr Johnson as 'the most enlightened of the sons of men'. Unpublished poems and new letters shed fresh light upon Jones in rare moments of relaxation, while Franklin's research of the legal documents in the courts of the King's Bench, the Carmarthen circuit, and the Supreme Court of Bengal illustrates his passion for social justice, his legal acumen, and his principled independence.
  • 'Our Famous Guest': Mark Twain in Vienna

    By Carl Dolmetsch

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780820314587
    • Publisher: The University of Georgia Press
    • Published: October 1992
    Fin-de-siecle Vienna was a special place at a special time, a city in which the decadent abandon of the era commingled with dark forebodings of the coming century. The artistic and intellectual ferment of the Austrian capital was extraordinary: Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Arthur Schnitzler, Theodor Herzl, Gustave Klimt, and Ludwig Wittgenstein were but a few of the figures who lived and worked there. And, in September 1897, into the very midst of this heady milieu, came America's most famous citizen, Mark Twain.Although most of Twain's biographers have mentioned his Viennese sojourn (occasioned by his daughter Clara's musical studies), it has remained an unexplored hiatus in his career. Partly because of impressions created by Twain himself, the twenty months he spent in Vienna are often dismissed as uneventful and unproductive. In "Our Famous Guest" Carl Dolmetsch shows the truth to be otherwise. Upon his arrival Twain found all the doors of the celebrity-mad city, from its literary cafe's to its aristocratic salons, flung wide open to him. The aging writer imbibed freely of Vienna's atmosphere, and the result was a final, astonishing surge of creativity. Among the thirty works that came, either whole or in part, from Twain's Austrian visit were the Socratic dialogue What Is Man?, the "Early Days" section of his Autobiography, Book I of Christian Science, the classic short story "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg," the polemical essay "Concerning the Jews," and, most important, a major portion of the manuscript cluster known as The Mysterious Stranger.As Dolmetsch notes, conventional wisdom about Twain attributes the "bitter pessimism" of these late writings to such factors as his personal bereavements and financial reversals. Rejecting this view as grossly oversimplified, Dolmetsch argues that the transformation in Twain's outlook and writing style owe much to the cultural currents he encountered abroad, above all in Vienna. He suggests that Twain was especially responsive to a peculiarly Viennese blend of nihilism and hedonism and to the "impressionistic" style favored by its writers. In locating these influences, Dolmetsch portrays a Mark Twain far more cosmopolitan and urbane than previous biographical studies have allowed.Through meticulous research in Viennese newspaper reports as well as in Twain's own journals and writings, Dolmetsch reconstructs the writer's visit in breathtaking detail. The narrative sparkles with accounts of Twain's shrewd manipulation of the Viennese press, his involvements in the city's musical and theatrical life, the attacks he endured from anti-Semitic journalists, and even his futile attempts to obtain marketing rights to two inventions by a Polish engineer. In one particularly intriguing chapter Dolmetsch ponders the riddle of Twain's association with Freud (who was then virtually unknown outside of Vienna) and their congruent fascination with the relationship between dreams and "reality."An invaluable addition to Twain scholarship, "Our Famous Guest" is equally compelling for the glimpse it offers of a vanished world.
  • 'Pretty Good for a Woman': The Enigmas of Evelyn Scott

    By D.A. Callard

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780393022766
    • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
    • Published: January 1986
    A portrait of a literary enigma and her generation focuses on her radicalism which extended to almost every strand of American intellectual life in the interwar years
  • 'Something Urgent I Have to Say to You': The Life and Works of William Carlos Williams

    By Herbert Leibowitz

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780374113292
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: November 2011
    Herbert Leibowitz’s “Something Urgent I Have to Say to You” provides a new perspective on the life and poetry of the doctor poet William Carlos Williams, a key American writer who led one of the more eventful literary lives of the twentieth century. Friends with most of the contemporary innovators of his era—Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Ford Madox Ford, and Louis Zukofsky, among others—Williams made a radical break with the modernist tradition by seeking to invent an entirely fresh and singularly American poetic, whose subject matter derived from the everyday lives of the citizens and poor immigrant com­munities of northern New Jersey. His poems mirrored both the conflicts of his own life and the convulsions that afflicted American soci­ety—two world wars, a rampaging flu pan-demic, and the Great Depression.Leibowitz’s biography offers a compelling description of the work that inspired a seminal, controversial movement in American verse, as well as a rounded portrait of a complicated man: pugnacious and kindly, ambitious and insecure, self-critical and imaginative. “Something Urgent I Have to Say to You” is both a long-overdue assessment of a major American writer and an entertaining examination of the twentieth-century avant-garde art and poetry scene, with its memorable cast of eccentric pioneers, includ­ing Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Marianne Moore, and Gertrude Stein.
  • 'There Are Things I Want You to Know' About Stieg Larsson and Me

    By Eva Gabrielsson

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781609804107
    • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
    • Published: 2011
    The lifelong companion of best-selling author Stieg Larsson, known for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and its two sequels, offers an intimate, inside story of the author's all-too-short life.