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  • Ignorance, Confidence, and Filthy Rich Friendsby Peter Krass

    Wiley 2007; US$ 22.95

    While the entire world knows Mark Twain as the renowned author of many classic American novels, few people are aware that he was also a highly successful businessman. In fact, more than half of his life was consumed by moneymaking pursuits, which often resulted in writing projects being neglected--but at the same time, these adventures were the inspiration... more...

  • Poeby Peter Ackroyd

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 22.95

    Gothic, mysterious, theatrical, fatally flawed, and dazzling, the life of Edgar Allan Poe, one of America?s greatest and most versatile writers, is the ideal subject for Peter Ackroyd. Poe wrote lyrical poetry and macabre psychological melodramas; invented the first fictional detective; and produced pioneering works of science fiction and fantasy.... more...

  • Awakeningsby Bernard Koloski

    LSU Press 2009; US$ 17.95

    One of the most often repeated anecdotes about the direction of literary studies over the past three decades concerns a graduate student who complained of reading Kate Chopin’s The Awakening in three classes and Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick in none. But Chopin has not always been featured in the literary curriculum. Though she achieved national... more...

  • Mr. Clemens and Mark Twainby Justin Kaplan

    Simon & Schuster 2008; US$ 25.99

    This book delves into the conflict between Clemens the man seeking success and Twain the man bound by morals. more...

  • Passing in the Works of Charles W. Chesnuttby Susan Prothro Wright; Ernestine Pickens Glass

    University Press of Mississippi 2010; US$ 50.00

    Passing in the Works of Charles W. Chesnutt is a collection that reevaluates Chesnutt's deft manipulation of the "passing" theme to expand understanding of the author's fiction and nonfiction. Nine contributors apply a variety of theories---including intertextual, signifying/discourse analysis, narratological, formal, psychoanalytical,... more...

  • J. D. Salingerby Kenneth Slawenski

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 17.00

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER One of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history, the author of the classic Catcher in the Rye , J. D. Salinger eluded fans and journalists for most of his life. Now he is the subject of this definitive biography, which is filled with new information and revelations garnered from countless interviews,... more...

  • Hemingway's Boatby Paul Hendrickson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.95

    ?I read [ Hemingway?s Boat ] without a pause . . . [It?s] a biography that is at once admiring and devastating, and full of material that I wouldn?t have thought even existed and of people who knew Hemingway whom I?d never heard of?an eye opener of a book, full of unexpected riches, fascinating digressions, and leaving one at the end wishing the book... more...

  • Saint Joan of Arcby Susan Helen Wallacem FSP

    Pauline Books and Media 2011; US$ 6.36

    Many have been introduced to the story of Saint Joan of Arc through big screen movies and TV. This biography follows her life, illustrating how she heard God's call to fight for her country. more...

  • The Write Typeby Karen E Peterson

    F+W Media 2008; US$ 12.95

    Fitzgerald locked himself in his attic until The Great Gatsby was finished. Hemingway took a more casual approach, writing along the banks of the Seine River. Hawthorne found inspiration while working and living on Brook Farm. Three great writers chose three different methods of writing-each one uniquely suited to the quirks and qualities of the individual... more...

  • Twain in His Own Timeby Gary Scharnhorst

    University of Iowa Press 2010; US$ 27.95

    The ninety-four recollections gathered in Twain in His Own Time form an unsanitized, collaborative biography designed to provide a multitude of perspectives on the iconic author. Opening with an interview with his mother that has never been reprinted, it includes memoirs by his daughters and by men who knew him when he was roughing it in Nevada and... more...