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  • Isaac B. Singerby Florence Noiville; Catherine Temerson

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2006; US$ 7.39

    Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991) is widely recognized as the most popular Yiddish writer of the twentieth century. His translated body of work, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978, is beloved around the world. But although Singer was a very public and outgoing figure, much about his personal life remains unknown. In Isaac... more...

  • James Joyceby Gordon Bowker

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012; US$ 16.50

    A revealing new biography?the first in more than fifty years?of one of the twentieth-century's towering literary figures James Joyce is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, his novels and stories foundational in the history of literary modernism. Yet Joyce's genius was by no means immediately recognized, nor was his success easily... more...

  • A Second Windby Philippe Pozzo di Borgo

    Atria Books 2012; US$ 16.00

    ?He was unbearable, vain, proud, brutal, inconsistent, human. Without him, I would have rotted to death. . . . He was my guardian devil.? As the descendant of two prominent French families and director of one of the world?s most celebrated champagne houses, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo was not someone in the habit of asking for help. Then, in 1993,... more...

  • The Life Of Margaret Laurenceby James King

    Knopf Canada 2012; US$ 18.00

    The magnificent and long-awaited biography of the beloved writer who gave us the Manawaka novels, including The Diviners and The Stone Angel . From the Trade Paperback edition. more...

  • Edmund Wilsonby Lewis M. Dabney

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 7.39

    From the Jazz Age through the McCarthy era, Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) stood at the center of the American cultural scene. In his own youth a crucial champion of the young Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Wilson went on to write three classics of literary and intellectual history ( Axel's Castle , To the Finland Station , and Patriotic Gore... more...

  • Testament of Friendshipby Vera Brittain

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; US$ 15.99

    In her bestselling first volume of autobiography, Testament of Youth , Vera Brittain passionately recorded the agonising years of the First World War, lamenting the destruction of a generation which for her included those she most dearly loved - her lover, her brother, her closest friends. In Testament of Friendship Brittain tells the story of... more...

  • Philip Larkin, the Marvell Press and Meby Jean Hartley

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 20.41

    First published in 1989 Philip Larkin, the Marvell Press, and Me is the story of how this small publishing company became a chapter in literary history when, in 1955, the then novice publishers, of which Jean Hartley was one, were entrusted with the manuscript of Larkin's The Less Deceived . The Less Deceived , Larkin's second collection, contained... more...

  • W. H. Audenby Humphrey Carpenter

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 21.87

    W. H. Auden disapproved of literary biography. Or did he? The truth is far more equivocal than at first seems apparent. There is no denying he delivered himself of such unambiguous pronouncements as 'Biographies of writers are always superfluous and usually in bad taste.'; and that he asked for his friends to burn his letters at his death, but, against... more...

  • Autobiographies IIIby Sean O'Casey

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 16.03

    'I thought that no man liveth and dieth to himself, so I put behind what I thought and what I did the panorama of the world I lived in - the things that made me.' Sean O'Casey, 1948 Sean O'Casey's six-part Autobiography, originally published between 1939 and 1955, is an eloquently comprehensive self-portrait of an artist's life and times, unsurpassed... more...

  • Myself When Youngby Daphne Du Maurier; Helen Taylor

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; US$ 12.99

    Both her novels and her non-fiction reveal Daphne du Maurier's overwhelming desire to explore her family's history. In Myself When Young, based on diaries that she kept from 1920-1932, the most famous du Maurier probes her own past, beginning with her earliest memories and encompassing the publication of her first book and her subsequent marriage.... more...