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  • Neglected Geniusby John Jolliffe

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 20.41

    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$ 14.99

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

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

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 21.14

    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$ 15.15

    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...

  • Letters 1945-59by William S Burroughs; Oliver Harris

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 21.14

    Beginning as surprisingly formal notes from the road to his friends Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the letters gradually deepen in substance and style. Burroughs's letters show the development of both the man and the writer, vividly documenting his (often turbulent) personal and cultural history. The collection provides a key to opening up and contextualizing... more...

  • Letters to Isabella Stewart Gardnerby Henry James; Rosella Mamoli Zorzi

    Pushkin Press 2012; US$ 12.99

    Painted by John Singer Sargent and admired by Sarah Bernhardt, Isabella Stewart Gardner was both popular and unconventional. A passionate art collector and philanthropist, she surrounded herself with artists, writers and musicians, who constituted her court in both Boston in Venice. Written between 1879 and 1914, James's letters to her - whom he once... more...

  • The Pursuit of Laughterby Diana Lady Mosley (Diana Mosley) Mitford

    Gibson Square 2012; US$ 9.99

    Roar with laughter.' Laura Thompson 'The dazzling beauty with a poison pen... wit pervades her writings.' Anne de Courcey, Daily Mail Criti Choice 'When she wielded her elegant stiletto, it was to unmask an ego... brightly and sharply illuminated.' Valerie Grove, The Times Wickedly funny, gossipy, carefree, intimate and revealing, this selection of... more...

  • Dyingby Donald Horne; Myfanwy Horne

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 14.09

    This unique book is the last work of one of Australia's most respected and influential thinkers. On learning that his illness was terminal, Donald Horne began dictating his experiences of dying, and his resulting journal is full of courage, honesty, insight and humour. Ever the intellectual, he also recorded his last thoughts on some of the big human... more...

  • Women Of Lettersby Marieke Hardy; Michaela McGuire

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 14.09

    In a world of the short and swift, of texts and Twitter, there's something of special value about a carefully composed letter. In homage to this most civilised of activities, Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire created the literary afternoons of Women of Letters. Some of Australia's finest dames of stage, screen and page have delivered missives on... more...

  • Words and Deedesby W. F. Deedes

    Pan Macmillan 2013; US$ 10.39

    For seventy-five years, W. F. Deedes has reported on the most important events, affairs and issues that have affected Britain, Europe and the World. Words and Deedes brings together a life's work, selecting the very best of his journalism to give a unique overview of the best part of the last century. Starting as a cub reporter in 1931, Deedes'... more...