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Literary

  • John Gayby David Nokes

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 21.86

    First published in 1995, David Nokes' major biography of John Gay (1685-1732) was the first full-length life of Gay for over fifty years, and drew on hitherto unpublished letters. Presenting Gay as a complex character, torn between the hopes of court preferment and the assertion of literary independence, Nokes offers both a lively and accessible... more...

  • Arnold Bennettby Frank Swinnerton

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2014; US$ 7.99

    ‘I have tried to depict Arnold Bennett as a man of character and integrity, a fundamentally innocent humorist, a superlative friend, and, to others, not myself, a difficult personality; but I have worked under considerable difficulties, with many interruptions, and the result may be unsatisfactory. If it is, I shall be sorry. One of my problems... more...

  • An Only Child and My Father's Sonby Frank O'Connor

    Open Road Media 2014; US$ 14.99

    Frank O?Connor?s acclaimed autobiography, now in one volume When Frank O?Connor was born, his parents?Minnie O?Connor, a former maid raised in an orphanage, and Michael O?Donovan, a veteran of the Boer War and the drummer in a local brass-and-reed band?lived above a sweet-and-tobacco shop in Cork, Ireland. The young family soon moved, however,... more...

  • C.S. Lewis - Die Biografieby Alister McGrath

    'fontis 2014; US$ 25.99

    Über Jahrzehnte hinweg haben C.S. Lewis' Narnia-Geschichten die Fantasie von Millionen von Lesern beflügelt. In dieser Biografie erzählt Alister McGrath nun von den ungewöhnlichen Lebensbahnen des Oxforder Universitätsdozenten, der hauptberuflich aufgeweckte Studenten in Englischer Literatur unterrichtete und in seiner Freizeit unzählige Bestseller... more...

  • Getting Schooledby Garret Keizer

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 27.99

    In this powerful, eloquent story of his return to the classroom, a former teacher offers a rousing defense of his beleaguered vocation   Perhaps no profession is so constantly discussed, regulated, and maligned by non-practitioners as teaching. The voices of the teachers themselves are conspicuously missing. Defying this trend, teacher and writer... more...

  • Banjoby Paul Terry

    Allen & Unwin 2014; US$ 22.72

    A timely re-examination of the life of Australia's best-loved poet and storyteller - the man whose works captured the essence of the Australian spirit. more...

  • ?Through the long corridor of distance?by Valérie Baisnée

    Editions Rodopi 2014; US$ 50.00

    Examined in this study are twentieth- and twenty-first century autobiographies and memoirs by major New Zealand women writers. Brought together for the first time in a single study, texts by Sylvia Ashton?Warner, Janet Frame, Lauris Edmond, Fiona Kidman, Barbara Anderson, Ruth Park, and Ruth Dallas are analysed with the aid of spatial concepts that... more...

  • The Adventures of Henry Thoreauby Michael Sims

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2014; US$ 22.99

    From Mahatma Gandhi and John F. Kennedy to Martin Luther King and Leo Tolstoy, the works of Henry David Thoreau – author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, surveyor, schoolteacher, engineer – have long been an inspiration to many. But who was the unsophisticated young man who in 1837 became a protégé of Ralph Waldo Emerson? The Adventures... more...

  • My Left Footby Christy Brown

    Random House 2014; US$ 13.07

    Christy Brown was born a victim of cerebral palsy. But the hapless, lolling baby concealed the brilliantly imaginative and sensitive mind of a writer who would take his place among the giants of Irish literature. This is Christy Brown's own story. He recounts his childhood struggle to learn to read, write, paint and finally type, with... more...

  • Fair Girls and Grey Horsesby Christine Pullein-Thompson; Diana Pullein-Thompson; Josephine Pullein-Thompson

    Allison & Busby 2014; US$ 10.19

    ‘Are your twins normal?? Mrs Pullein-Thompson was asked. ‘Good God, I hope not,? she retorted. The twins were Diana and Christine who, with their elder sister, Josephine, wrote more than 150 books, which have sold in their millions around the world. Fifty years after the joint publication of their first book, It Began with Picotee... more...