Literary Non-Fiction - Biography


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

    By Georgy Ivanov

    Our Price: $65.00
    • ISBN-13: 9781618114549
    • Publisher: Academic Studies Press
  • "The Busiest Man in England": Grant Allen and the Writing Trade, 1875-1900

    By Peter Morton

    Our Price: $115.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781403966261
    • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
    • Published: April 2005
    Although he only lived into middle age, Allen wrote about 30 novels and reams of travel guides and commentaries on everything from atheism, socialism, evolution, and sexual experimentation. The problem is, why would a man from a wealthy family need to live by his pen? Morton (humanities, Flinders U., Australia) searches for clues in family records as well as in Allen's writings, which include science and light fiction as his "stock in trade," but also feature The Woman Who Did , a work now much scrutinized by feminist critics of the era. He proved to be a prosperous businessman in a time when freelance writing was particularly brutal, largely through sheer hard work and the need to succeed in the face of those who thought he could not. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
  • 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.
  • '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.
  • 'For Only Those Deserve the Name': T.E. Lawrence and Seven Pillars of Wisdom

    By Mark Calderbank

    Our Price: $64.95
    • ISBN-13: 9781845198084
    • Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
  • 'I am a Phenomenon Quite Out of the Ordinary': The Notebooks, Diaries and Letters of Daniil Kharms

    By Daniil Ivanovich Kharms

    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.
  • 'Isak Dinesen' and Karen Blixen: The Mask and the Reality

    By Donald Hannah

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780394476001
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: January 1971
  • 'Literchoor Is My Beat': A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions

    By Ian S. MacNiven

    Our Price: $18.75
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780374299392
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: November 2014
    A biography—thoughtful and playful—of the man who founded New Directions and transformed American publishingJames Laughlin—a poet, publisher, world-class skier—was the man behind some of the most daring, revolutionary works in verse and prose of the twentieth century. As the founder of New Directions, he published Ezra Pound’s The Cantos and William Carlos Williams’s Paterson; he brought Herman Hesse and Jorge Luis Borges to an American audience. Throughout his life, this tall, charismatic intellectual, athlete, and entrepreneur preferred to stay hidden. But no longer—in “Literchoor is My Beat”: James Laughlin and New Directions, Ian S. MacNiven has given us a sensitive and revealing portrait of this visionary and the understory of the last century of American letters. Laughlin—or J, as MacNiven calls him—emerges as an impressive and complex figure: energetic, idealistic, and hardworking, but also plagued by doubts—not about his ability to identify and nurture talent, but about his own worth as a writer. Haunted by his father’s struggles with bipolar disorder, J threw himself into a flurry of activity, pulling together the first New Directions anthology before he’d graduated from Harvard and purchasing and managing a ski resort in Utah. MacNiven’s portrait is comprehensive and vital, spiced with Ezra Pound’s eccentric letters, J’s romantic foibles, and anecdotes from a seat-of-your-pants era of publishing now gone by. A story about the struggle to publish only the best, it is itself an example of literary biography at its finest.
  • '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.
  • 'Pretty Good for a Woman': The Enigmas of Evelyn Scott

    By D.A. Callard

    Our Price: $7.50
    • 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

    Our Price: $20.00
    • 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

    Our Price: $11.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781609803636
    • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
    • Published: June 2011
    Here is the real inside story--not the one about the Stieg Larsson phenomenon, but rather the love story of a man and a woman whose lives came to be guided by politics and love, coffee and activism, writing and friendship. Only one person knows that story well enough to tell it with authority. Eva and Stieg shared everything, starting when they were both eighteen until his untimely death 32 years later. Here, Eva accepts the daunting challenge of telling the story of their shared life, steeped in love and sharpened in the struggle for justice and human rights. She chooses to tell it in short, spare, lyrical chapters, like snapshots, the inside account of how he wrote, why he wrote, who the sources were for Lisbeth and his other characters--graciously answering Stieg's readers' most pressing questions--and at the same time telling us about love and loss, death, betrayal, and the mistreatment of women.--From publisher description.
  • 'Tis: A Memoir

    By Frank McCourt

    Our Price: $7.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780684865744
    • Publisher: Touchstone
    • Published: August 2000
    Second installment Irish-American memoir by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela's Ashes. 368p. Paper.
  • 'Tis: A Memoir

    By Frank McCourt

    Our Price: $13.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780684848785
    • Publisher: Scribner
    • Published: 1999
    A sequel to the phenomenally successful Angela's Ashes picks up the sometimes harrowing tale of McCourt's youth as he immigrates from Ireland to America, joins the Army, goes to college, and begins building a life. (Biography).