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  • I Await the Devil's Comingby Mary Maclane; Jessa Crispin

    Melville House 2013; US$ 16.00

    Mary MacLane?s  I Await the Devil?s Coming  is a shocking, brave and intellectually challenging diary of a 19-year-old girl living in Butte, Montana in 1902. Written in potent, raw prose that propelled the author to celebrity upon publication, the book has become almost completely forgotten. In the early 20th century, MacLane?s name was synonymous... more...

  • Rub Out the Wordsby William S Burroughs

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; Not Available

    This major collection of William Burroughs' letters gives an unprecedented insight into one of America's most incisive and influential writers, at a time when his work was at its most experimental and his life entered a new era of creativity. William Burroughs' life was often as extreme as his prose. This second volume of his letters documents... more...

  • Philip Larkin: Letters to Monicaby Philip Larkin; Anthony Thwaite

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 18.94

    Philip Larkin met Monica Jones at University College Leicester in autumn 1946, when they were both twenty-four; he was the newly-appointed assistant librarian and she was an English lecturer. In 1950 Larkin moved to Belfast, and thence to Hull, while Monica remained in Leicester, becoming by turns his correspondent, lover and closest confidante, in... more...

  • Enlightening: Letters 1946 - 1960by Isaiah Berlin

    Random House 2012; US$ 27.64

    'People are my landscape', Isaiah Berlin liked to say, and nowhere is the truth of this observation more evident than in his letters. He is a fascinated watcher of human beings in all their variety, and revels in describing them to his many correspondents. His letters combine ironic social comedy and a passionate concern for individual freedom. His... more...

  • Here and Nowby Paul Auster; J. M. Coetzee

    Penguin Group US 2013; US$ 12.99

    ?[A] civilized discourse between two cultivated and sophisticated men. . . . It?s a pleasure to be in their company.? ?Michael Dirda, The Washington Post After a meeting at an Australian literary festival brought them together in 2008, novelists Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee began exchanging letters on a regular basis with the hope they might... more...

  • Neglected Geniusby John Jolliffe

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 20.40

    The journal of Benjamin Haydon was, Max Beerbohm reported to Siegfried Sassoon, the best diary Beerbohm had ever read. Harold Acton declared Haydon 'a more exciting figure than Ruskin.' H.H. Asquith compared him favourably with Rousseau, while Aldous Huxley declared that 'Never was anyone more clearly cut out to be an author.' Today Haydon's portraits... more...

  • Marblesby James Guida

    Turtle Point Press 2009; US$ 14.95

    This young author revives an old form, the aphorism, in ways sardonic, topical, and thought-provoking. more...

  • The Yage Lettersby Allen Ginsberg; Oliver Harris; William S Burroughs

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; Not Available

    William Burroughs closed his classic debut novel, Junky , by saying he had determined to search out a drug he called 'Yage' which he believed transmitted telepathic powers, a drug that could be 'the final fix'. In The Yage Letters - a mix of travel writing, satire, psychedelia and epistolary novel - he journeys through South America, writing to... more...

  • Proud Highwayby Hunter S. Thompson; William J. Kennedy; Douglas Brinkley

    Random House Publishing Group 2012; US$ 20.00

    Here, for the first time, is the private and most intimate correspondence of one of America's most influential and incisive journalists--Hunter S. Thompson. In letters to a Who's Who of luminaries from Norman Mailer to Charles Kuralt, Tom Wolfe to Lyndon Johnson, William Styron to Joan Baez--not to mention his mother, the NRA, and a chain of newspaper... more...

  • The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkienby Humphrey Carpenter; Christopher Tolkien

    HarperCollins Publishers 2012; Not Available

    A comprehensive collection of letters spanning the adult life (1914-1973) of one of the world?s most famous storytellers. more...