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  1. Book ImageConstance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist

    Anne Boyd Rioux

    "Biography at its best aims at resurrection. Anne Boyd Rioux has brought the novelist Constance Fenimore Woolson back to life for us. Hurrah!" —Robert D. Richardson, author of the Bancroft Prize–winning William James: In the Maelstrom of American ModernismMore

  2. Book ImageJack's Life: A Biography of Jack Nicholson

    Patrick McGilligan

    Updated and Expanded

    Jack’s Life feels true. . . . Fascinating.”—Entertainment WeeklyMore

  3. Book ImageCommander Will Cushing: Daredevil Hero of the Civil War

    Jamie Malanowski

    “Superbly entertaining.”—S. C. Gwynne, best-selling author of Empire of the Summer MoonMore

  4. Book ImagePicturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century's Most Photographed American

    Kenneth B. Morris, Jr, John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, Et Al.

    A landmark and collectible volume—beautifully produced in duotone—that canonizes Frederick Douglass through historic photography.More

  5. Book ImageWagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe: A Biography

    Philip Gefter

    This "admiring and absorbing biography" (Deborah Solomon, The New York Times Book Review) charts Sam Wagstaff's incalculable influence on contemporary art, photography, and gay identity.More

  6. Book ImageLady Byron and Her Daughters

    Julia Markus

    A startling reevaluation of Lady Byron’s marriage and the untold story of her complex life as single mother and progressive force.More

  7. Book ImageBoy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard

    John Branch

    “Shows us, in tender detail, a life consumed by our unholy appetites.”—Steve Almond, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  8. Book ImageTennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

    John Lahr

    National Book Critics Circle Award Winner: Biography Category
    National Book Award Finalist
    2015 Winner of the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography
    American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award
    A Chicago Tribune 'Best Books of 2014'
    USA Today: 10 Books We Loved Reading
    Washington Post, 10 Best Books of 2014

    The definitive biography of America's greatest playwright from the celebrated drama critic of The New Yorker.More

  9. Book ImageIn Search of Sir Thomas Browne: The Life and Afterlife of the Seventeenth Century's Most Inquiring Mind

    Hugh Aldersey-Williams

    The extraordinary life and ideas of one of the greatest—and most neglected—minds in history.More

  10. Book ImageBrando's Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work

    Susan L. Mizruchi

    A groundbreaking work that reveals how Marlon Brando shaped his legacy in art and life.More

  11. Book ImageWhy Not Say What Happened: A Sentimental Education

    Morris Dickstein

    A renowned cultural critic tells his own deeply engaging story of growing up in the turbulent American culture of the postwar decades.More

  12. Book ImageThe Young T. E. Lawrence

    Anthony Sattin

    An intimate biography of the years that turned T. E. Lawrence into Lawrence of Arabia.More

  13. Book ImageThe Sphinx: Franklin Roosevelt, the Isolationists, and the Road to World War II

    Nicholas Wapshott

    Before Pearl Harbor, before the Nazi invasion of Poland, America teetered between the desire for isolation and the threat of world war.More

  14. Book ImageLasting City: The Anatomy of Nostalgia

    James McCourt

    The darkly intense Irish-American family drama come alive like never before in this "virtuosic meta-memoir" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).More

  15. Book ImagePoe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe

    J. W. Ocker

    Winner of the 2015 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical!Follow the footsteps of the father of American horror fiction.More

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