Literary Non-Fiction - Biography


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

    By Georgy Ivanov

    Our Price: $65.00
    • ISBN-13: 9781618114549
    • Publisher: Academic Studies Press
  • '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.
  • 'A Heart for Every Fate': Byron's Letters and Journals, Volume 10: 1822-1823

    By George Gordon Lord Byron

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780674089525
    • Publisher: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
    • Published: June 1980
    The complete and unexpurgated text of all the letters available in manuscript and the full printed version of all others.
  • '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.
  • 'Literchoor Is My Beat': A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions

    By Ian S. MacNiven

    Our Price: $9.00
    • 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.
  • 'Not I, But the Wind...'

    By Frieda Lawrence

    Our Price: $12.50
    • 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: $70.00
    • 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.
  • '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.
  • '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).
  • 10/29 EVENT: Blood: A Memoir

    By Allison Moorer

    Our Price: $15.00 - $27.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Strand Book Store
    • Published: 2019
    Admission & Signed Copy grants you admission for one, plus one signed copy of the book. Admission & Gift Card grants you admission for one, plus one $15 gift card to our store. Admission and the signed copy and/or gift card will only be available for pick-up at the event, so please select “in store pick-up” as your shipping method. Payment is required at the time the order is placed. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Please note that if you order a book but do not attend the event, your book will be held at the Strand’s basement holds desk for one week after the event. Please note that some of our events are recorded and posted online. By purchasing a ticket you are agreeing to your image and likeness being used.
  • 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater

    By Sarah Ruhl

    Our Price: $7.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: September 2015
  • 100 Voices: An Oral History of Ayn Rand

    By Scott McConnell

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780451231307
    • Publisher: New American Library
    • Published: November 2010
    Drawing on one hundred never-before-published interviews, Scott McConnell presents a unique portrait of Ayn Rand, a larger-than-life literary figure and a provocative individual. Focusing on the private Ayn Rand, McConnell talked to her family, friends, fans and associates, Hollywood stars, university professors, fiction writers, and many more. Arranged in chronological order, these interviews cover a broad range of years, contexts, relationships, and observations on one of the most influential – and controversial – figures of the twentieth century. The subjects interviewed offer fresh, sometimes surprisingly candid, affectionate, and intriguing insights into a complex and remarkable writer and philosopher. Index. 638p.
  • 1185 Park Avenue: A Memoir

    By Anne Roiphe

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780684857329
    • Publisher: Touchstone
    • Published: May 2000
    The author describes growing up in a family marked by her parents' troubled marriage, its impact on her and her brother, and life on New York's Park Avenue during the 1940s and 1950s.
  • 1920 Diary

    By Isaac Babel

    Our Price: $10.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780300093131
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: March 2002
    Published in English for the first time, this is the most significant account of the tragedy befallen European Jewry during this period, in which Babel frequently disguised his own Jewish identity while mingling with the victimized Jews of the region's shtetls, and with his Cossack friends. B&W photos. 126p. Pap.