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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 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 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 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 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 Winifred Lear. 1975
By Peter Ackroyd. 1990
Ackroyd makes extensive use of original sources to chronicle the most celebrated author of the 19th century. He shows that… Dickens, who first earned fame in his twenties, became a prematurely exhausted man, haunted by his own unquiet fictions. 1990.
By Yiyun Li. 2017
Yiyun Li's searing personal story of hospitalizations for depression and thoughts of suicide is interlaced with reflections on the solace… and affirmations of life and personhood that Li found in reading the journals, diaries, and fiction of other writers: William Trevor, Katherine Mansfield, and more. 2017.
By Janice Pottker, Bob Speziale. 1987
By Carrie Jones, Megan Kelley Hall, Megan Kelley, ed Hall. 2011
Discover how Lauren Kate transformed the feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel,… how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the “funny guy” into the best defence against the bullies in his class. Authors of teen literature come together to share their stories about bullying - as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators. For junior and senior high readers. Strong language, some descriptions of sex and some descriptions of violence. c2011.
By Katherine M Ramsland. 1997
Describes how Koontz, born in 1945, endured a troubled childhood, married, taught briefly while writing books in various genres, and… then began producing his string of bestselling suspense novels that include "Fear Nothing" (DC18375) and "The Eyes of Darkness" (DC17486). Includes chronologies of his work and life. c1997.
By Edwidge Danticat. 2007
When the author was only four years old, her parents emigrated from Haiti to New York in search of a… better life, leaving their daughter in the care of her uncle Joseph. A peaceful pastor in Port-au-Prince, Joseph raised Edwidge with the love and devotion of a father, despite facing many hardships in politically turbulent Haiti. It wasn't until she was 12 years old that Edwidge was finally reunited with her parents - and forced to confront the inevitably complex emotions. 2007.
By Margaret Laurence, Kristjana Gunnars. 1988