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  • Enlightening: Letters 1946 - 1960by Isaiah Berlin

    Random House 2012; US$ 26.78

    '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...

  • 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$ 14.99

    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$ 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...

  • Kurt Vonnegut: Lettersby Kurt Vonnegut

    Random House 2012; US$ 16.91

    This collection of Vonnegut?s letters is the autobiography he never wrote ? from the letter he posted home upon being freed from a German POW camp, to notes of advice to his children: ?Don?t let anybody tell you that smoking and boozing are bad for you. Here I am fifty-five years old, and I never felt better in my life?. Peppered with insights, one-liners... 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$ 10.19

    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 Habit of Beingby Flannery O'Connor; Sally Fitzgerald

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1988; US$ 24.99

    Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Special Award "I have come to think that the true likeness of Flannery O'Connor will be painted by herself, a self-portrait in words, to be found in her letters . . . There she stands, a phoenix risen from her own words: calm, slow, funny, courteous, both modest and very sure of herself, intense, sharply... more...

  • The Pursuit of Laughterby Diana Lady Mosley (Diana Mosley) Mitford; Diana Mitford (Mosley); Deborah Devonshire (Mitford); Duncan Fallowell; Martin Rynja

    Gibson Square 2012; US$ 6.99

    Roar with laughter.' Laura Thompson 'The dazzling beauty with a poison pen... wit pervades her writings.' Anne de Courcey, Daily Mail Critics 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... more...