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By George O'Brien. 2006
Georgetown University professor George O'Brien provides the biographical background of the four masters of Irish literature and an in-depth analysis… of their greatest works. O'Brien discusses the very qualities that set these works apart and the "Irishness" that characterizes each of them. 2006.
By Sharon Pollock. 1984
By Anna Grigor'evna Snitkina Dostoevskaia, Beatrice Stillman. 1975
The second wife of the great man of Russian letters gives a thorough first-hand account of his life and character,… from the time of their first meeting in 1866 to his death in 1881. Translation of "Vospominaniia". 1975. Uniform title: Vospominaniia.
By Vernon Scannell. 1992
The author recalls his childhood and early manhood, culminating in his joining the army in 1940. He explores the relationship… between himself, his siblings and his sadistic and probably psychotic father, set against a vivid backdrop of Britain between the wars. 1992.
By Ian Bell. 1993
A nonliterary account of the prolific author. In poor health throughout his life, Stevenson evaded the careers his father encouraged,… instead travelling in search of healthful climates and writing of adventure and action. He married the controversial Fanny Osbourne, who both cared for and dominated him. 1993.
By Jeff Latosik. 2018
A hopeful, timely new collection of poems that take up our ever-evolving relationship with technology. Starting from an urge to… reconcile the human need for stability with what's happening in a constantly fluid "now," "Dreampad", Trillium Book Award for Poetry winner poet Jeff Latosik's startling new collection, ponders whether an ideal for living is viable when we're not sure we can say yes or no to anything in a human world that's growing increasingly ephemeral and entangled with the virtual. These poems, however, are a salvo--or "protest" in the most useful sense of that word--a reminder we might already own a verbal architecture to express the difficulty of being alive in a world that can, could, and might still even be humane, loving, habitable. 2018.
By Farley Mowat. 2010
Picking up where his 2008 memoir "Otherwise" left off, Mowat traces his development as an author, with frequent digressions on… subjects such as homebuilding, family, and wildlife. Covering the episodes that shaped his particular worldview - from post-war research in the North to a sailing trip to Nova Scotia - the author also takes direct aim at his critics. 2010.
By Elizabeth Gilbert. 2007
Elizabeth Gilbert, in her thirties, settles into a large a house with a husband who wants to start a family.… But she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and determined to find what she's missing. So she begins her quest. In Rome, she indulges herself and gains nearly two stone. In India, she finds enlightenment through scrubbing temple floors. Finally in Bali, a toothless medicine man reveals a new path to peace, leaving her ready to love again. 2007.
By David Coomes. 1992
This life of the creator of Lord Peter Wimsey relies heavily on the Oxford-educated Sayers's letters and other writings. Coomes… details the intellectual British writer's feisty assertion of her religious views and sketches her private life, including her loveless marriage and the illegitimate son a cousin reared for her. 1992.
By Fred Kaplan. 1988
By Marjorie May Anderson, Ann-Marie McDonald. 2006
These essays focus on personal discoveries: family secrets, sexuality, rebellion, crevices of deep joy or regret; about finding connections to… nature; about embracing forgiveness and new perspectives. Barbara McLean tells us of the sister she never knew, while June Callwood explores the continuity that flows between mothers and daughters. Other contributors include Margaret Atwood, Frances Itani, and Silken Laumann. 2006.
By Carol Shields, Marjorie May Anderson. 2001
Carol Shields and Marjorie Anderson asked other women authors to write about the experiences that had amazed them, disappointed them,… or which they had been unprepared for. This collection of diverse, often tender, and sometimes disturbing writings breaks the silences that women still keep. 2001.
By Mordecai Richler. 2002
A collection of essays on sports written by Richler for various magazines and newspapers over the years. Selected by the… author himself, these pieces cover ice hockey, baseball, salmon fishing, bodybuilding, and wrestling. They feature Richler's encounters with Pete Rose, Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Ring Lardner, Hank Greenberg and more. 2002.
By Brenda Maddox. 1994
Plumbing letters by D.H. Lawrence and private papers by certain of his friends for insights into his thoughts, the author… chronicles Lawrence's life as a fiction writer, literary critic, and journalist. Maddox explores Lawrence's opinions, his illness, his sexuality, the contradictions in his relationships with women, his marriage to Frieda Weekley, and his novel Mr. Noon, first published in 1984. 1994.
By Caitlin Thomas. 1997
Thomas recounts her life as the wife of the poet Dylan Thomas. Their life together was dominated by alcohol, which… lessened their shyness and fueled their adventures. She provides insights into Dylan and his writing, his success, and ultimately the toll which drink took on their lives, leaving him dead at thirty-nine, and her a penniless alcoholic. 1997.
By Benedict Kiely. 1999
By John Ciardi. 1985
By Winifred Lear. 1975
By Mary Oliver. 2017
Throughout her celebrated career, Mary Oliver has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for… the physical world and the powerful bonds between all living things. Identified as "far and away, this country's best selling poet" by Dwight Garner, she now returns with a stunning and definitive collection of her writing from the last fifty years. Carefully curated, these 200 plus poems feature Oliver's work from her very first book of poetry, No Voyage and Other Poems, published in 1963 at the age of 28, through her most recent collection, Felicity, published in 2015. 2017. From Felicity -- I wake close to morning -- This morning -- The world I live in -- Whistling swans -- Storage -- For Tom Shaw S.S.J.E. I know someone -- That little beast -- The pond -- I have just said -- The gift -- From blue horses -- After reading Lucretius, I go to the pond -- I don't want to be demure or respectable -- Stebbin's gulch -- Franz Marc's blue horses -- On meditating, sort of -- Lonliness -- Do stones feel? -- Drifting -- Blueberries -- The vulture's wings -- What gorgeous thing -- From dog songs -- The storm -- Percy (one) -- Little dog's rhapsody in the night Percy (nine) -- Benjamin, who came from who knows where -- The dog has run off again -- Bazougey -- Her grave -- The poetry teacher -- The first time Percy came back -- From a thousand mornings -- I go down to the shore -- I happened to be standing -- Three things to remember -- Lines written in the days of growing darkness -- An old story -- The instant -- Tides -- The poet compares human nature to the ocean from which we came -- Life story -- Varanasi -- From swan -- I worried -- I own a house -- Don't hesitate -- Swan -- Passing the unworked field -- How I go to the woods -- On the beach -- From evidence -- Violets -- We shake with joy -- It was early -- With thanks to the field sparrow, whose voice is so delicate and humble -- A lesson from James Wright -- Almost a conversation -- To begin with, the sweet grass -- Evidence -- Prayer -- Mysteries, yes -- At the river Clarion -- From the Truro bear and other adventures -- The other kingdoms -- The gift -- Coyote in the dark, coyotes remembered -- From red bird -- Night herons -- Mornings at Blackwater -- The orchard -- Sometimes -- invitation -- From this river, when I was a child, I used to drink -- We should be well prepared -- Meadowlark sings and I greet him in return -- Of the empire -- Red -- Night and the river -- Self-portrait -- With the blackest of Inks -- From thirst -- When I am among the trees -- When the roses speak, I pay attention -- Six recognitions of the Lord -- Gethsemane -- The poet thinks about the donkey -- Praying -- Doesn't every poet write a poem about unrequited love? -- On thy wondrous works I will meditate The chat -- Thirst -- From new and selected poems: volume two -- Hum -- Lead -- Oxygen -- White heron rises over Blackwater -- Honey Locust -- Song for autumn -- Fireflies -- The poet with his face in his hands -- Wild, wild -- North country -- Terns From blue iris -- Just lying on the grass at Blackwater -- Sea leaves -- Morning at Blackwater -- How would you live then? -- How the grass and the flowers came to exist, a god-tale -- From why I wake early -- Why I wake early -- Spring at Blackwater: I go through the lessons already learned -- Mindful -- Lingering in happiness -- Daisies -- Goldenrod, late fall -- The old poets of China -- Logos -- Snow geese -- At black river -- Beans -- The arrowhead -- Where does the temple begin, where does it end? -- From long life -- Just as the calendar began to say summer -- Can you imagine? -- Softest of mornings -- Carrying the snake to the garden -- From owls and other fantasies -- The dipper -- Spring -- While I am writing a poem to celebrate summer, the meadowlark begins to sing -- Catbird -- Backyard -- From what do we know? -- Summer poem -- The loon -- Winter at Herring Cove -- Mink -- Blue iris -- You are standi