Biography: literary

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  • Begin Again

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    Begin Again

    The struggles of Black Lives Matter and the attempt to achieve a new America have been challenged by the election of Donald Trump. For James Baldwin, these after times came in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement, when a similar attempt to force a confrontation with the truth of America’s racism was answered with the murders of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. In the years from the publication of ‘The Fire Next Time’ in 1963 to that of ‘No Name in the Street’ in 1972, Baldwin became a more overtly political writer, a change that came at great professional and personal cost. But from that journey, Baldwin emerged with a sense of renewed purpose about the necessity of pushing forward in the face of disillusionment and despair. Glaude suggests we can find hope and guidance through our own after times, this era of shattered promises and white retrenchment.

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  • Charles Dickens

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    Charles Dickens

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  • Charlotte Mew

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    Charlotte Mew

    The British poet Charlotte Mew – whose 150th anniversary falls in 2019 – was regarded as one of the best poets of her age by fellow writers. She has since been neglected, but her star is beginning to rise again. This is a comprehensive biography, from cradle to grave, and it is written by Faber poet Julia Copus, who recently unveiled a blue plaque on Mew’s childhood house in Doughty Street. Mew was a curious mix of New Woman and stalwart Victorian. Her poems speak to us strongly today, in these strangely mixed times of exposure and seclusion: they reveal the private agony of an isolated being who was forced to keep secret the tragedies of her personal life while being at the same time propelled by her work into the public arena.

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  • Graham Greene

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    Graham Greene

    A master of twentieth century fiction looks back on his life, in a newly-expanded conversation – also includes several key interviews from throughout Greene’s career.

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  • How the Just So Stories Were Made

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    How the Just So Stories Were Made

    A fascinating, richly illustrated exploration of the poignant origins of Rudyard Kipling’s world-famous children’s classic
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  • James Joyce

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    James Joyce

    James Joyce was one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. This book explores his novels and short stories, and analyses the literary traditions and social factors influencing his distinctive complex style. Interweaving Joyce’s life and history with his books, it also shows how Joyce celebrated his own experiences in Dublin.

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  • Jane Austen

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    Jane Austen

    This book traces the author’s life and times, her personal relationships, the attitudes and customs of the time that shaped her and were in turn shaped by her work, and the places where she lived, worked and set her novels.

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  • Jane Austen

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    Jane Austen

    The six great novels of Jane Austen picture a world of civility and reassuring stability. But, as Tomalin demonstrates in this fascinating biography, this was not quite the world Austen herself lived in.

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  • Jane Austen

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    Jane Austen

    The life of Jane Austen remains fairly opaque. However, in spite of this the author has written a very observant and revealing biography of this remarkable writer whose characters are as alive today in their longings as they were 200 years ago.

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  • Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister

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    Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister

    A revealing account of a naval officer’s young wife, her life during the Napoleonic Wars, and her influence on Jane Austen’s fiction.
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  • John Donne

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    John Donne

    The book not only provides an overview of Donne’s life and work, but connects his writing and thinking to the ideas, institutions, and networks that influenced him. Hadfield shows how Donne’s faith underpinned his career, from aspirational courtier to phenomenally successful clergyman and preacher, when he became dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Donne emerges as a figure obsessed with himself, tormented by the fear that his transgressions may have condemned him to eternal damnation. This fine new account uses Donne’s correspondence, writing, and poetry to give a rounded portrait of a bold, experimental thinker, who was never afraid of taking risks that few others would have countenanced.

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  • Keats

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    Keats

    The epitaph John Keats wrote for his own gravestone – ‘Here lies one whose name was writ in water’ – seemingly damned him to oblivion. When he died at the age of twenty-five, having taken a battering from the conservative press, few critics imagined he would be considered one of the great English poets two hundred years later, though he himself had an inkling. In this brief life, Lucasta Miller takes Keats’s best-known poems – the ones you are most likely to have read – and excavates their backstories. In doing so, she resurrects the real Keats: a lower-middle-class outsider from a tragic and dysfunctional family, whose extraordinary energy and love of language allowed him to pummel his way into the heart of English literature; an atheist and a liberal at a time of repression; a human being who delighted in the sensation of the moment; but a complex individual, not the ethereal figure of his posthumous myth.

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  • Philip Roth

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    Philip Roth

    Appointed by Philip Roth and granted complete access and independence, Blake Bailey spent years poring over Roth’s personal archive, interviewing his friends, lovers, and colleagues, and engaging Roth himself in breathtakingly candid conversations. The result is an indelible portrait of an American master and of the post-war literary scene. Bailey shows how Roth emerged from a lower-middle-class Jewish milieu to achieve the heights of literary fame, how his career was nearly derailed by his catastrophic first marriage, and how he championed the work of dissident novelists behind the Iron Curtain.

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  • Recovering Dorothy

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    Recovering Dorothy

    Dorothy Wordsworth is well-known as the author of the Alfoxden and Grasmere Journals (1798-1803) and as the sister of the poet William Wordsworth. She is praised for her nature writing and as a woman with great physical vitality: someone who could walk long distances, who had great stamina, strength, and a certain wildness. Less well known is that in 1829 Dorothy became seriously ill, and was mostly housebound from 1835. She lived another twenty years after that, outliving her brother by five years. This book is about the Dorothy we don’t know – disabled, housebound – who makes her sick room into a garden for herself and her pet robin, and who is finally able to call herself a poet.

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  • Russian Roulette

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    Russian Roulette

    Graham Greene (1904-91) wrote of Pinkie the mobster, Harry Lime, and the whisky priest, but his own life was the strangest of all his stories. Surviving a tortured adolescence, he sought distraction in Russian Roulette, women, espionage, jungle treks, war reporting, and opium. A Catholic convert, he refused to separate sin and holiness, belief and disbelief. A victim of bipolar illness, he repeatedly came to the point of suicide, and yet survived. Immensely funny, he conducted a lifelong war against boredom and despair by wisecracks and practical jokes. By the end of his life he was commonly regarded as the greatest novelist in the English language and had become an indispensable advocate for human rights throughout the world. This new biography tells the story one of the most remarkable lives of modern times.

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  • Somewhere Becoming Rain

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    Somewhere Becoming Rain

    Renowned critic, bestselling author and award-winning poet Clive James offers an exploration and celebration of one of his favourite writers, Philip Larkin.

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