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      A Blue Hand: The Beats in India.

      Allen Ginsberg and his troubled lover, Peter Orlovsky went to India in 1961 in a restless, comic and often tortured search for meaning. Baker draws on previously undiscovered letters, journals and memoirs to weave a many-layered literary mystery out of...

      Was: $37.95
      Now: $12.95
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      A Writer's Life.

      Publisher Description How has Gay Talese found his subjects? How has he gotten them onto the page? What drives him to write? These are some of the questions at the heart of the narrative that combines memory, reflection, explanation and a satisfying...

      Was: $75.00
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      Aphra Behn: The English Sappho.

      She was regarded as a great dramatist and poet. She was the first writer to publish a novel against slavery, a pioneer of women's emancipation, advocate of free marriage and the writer of some of the best songs and plays in English. Woodcock provides a...

      Was: $39.95
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      Arthur Hugh Clough: A Poet's Life.

      A warm, sympathetic yet critical portrait of a Victorian poet whose reputation declined during the first half of the twentieth century, but was brought back into the public eye during the Second World War. This biography stresses the close links between...

      Was: $51.00
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      Arthur Miller: A Playwright's Life and Works.

      Publisher Description A timely concise biography of Arthur Miller, one of the most highly regarded and widely performed playwrights of the 20th century, whose classics of modern theatre have enthusiastic audiences all over the world. Enoch Brater...

      Was: $50.00
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      Baldwin's Harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin.

      The events in Harlem that shaped James Baldwin's youth greatly influenced his work. (The Harlem Renaissance poet laureate Countee Cullen taught Baldwin French in the ninth grade.) 'An original and extremely valuable book that captures the genius and...

      Was: $36.95
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      Being Berlusconi: The Rise and Fall from Cosa Nostra to Bunga Bunga.

      The first account to fully document the rise and fall of Italy's former prime minister. Silvio Berlusconi, with no political experience and with suspected ties to organized crime served as prime minister three times between 1994 and 2011 for a total of...

      Was: $49.95
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      Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure.

      Villani walks you through his mind, complete with his inner monologues as he encounters the many demons in his quest for mathematical glory. It is a very personal account of a mathematician's life, in a sense that you see the passion for discovery and...

      Was: $35.00
      Now: $9.95
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      Body of Truth: D.H. Lawrence: The Nomadic Years 1919-1930.

      A poignant and revealing story of the artist at the close of his life. He was a quintessential English exile, scraping by on very little but with a zest for life undiminished by shaky health. Here we learn of his tempestuous relationship with Frieda and...

      Was: $39.95
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      Brief Lives: Alexander Pushkin.

      Pushkin is Russia's greatest poet, with a prodigious output. He also experimented with other genres such as the short story and the historical novel. This lovely little biography is a succinct examination of Pushkin as a writer, lover, and public figure...

      Was: $21.95
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      Brief Lives: Charlotte Bronte.

      A superb and meticulously researched biography, it provides a fascinating new interpretation both of Bront‘'s celebrated works and of her personal life, notably her often intense relationship with her siblings and others around her. Before her untimely...

      Was: $24.95
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      Brief Lives: E. M. Forster.

      A good little introduction to the work of E.M. Forster through the prism of his biography. He is still widely read today (A Room With a View, Howard's End and A Passage to India) and is known for his uncompromising criticism of hypocrisy. Though he was...

      Was: $21.95
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      Brief Lives: Gustave Flaubert.

      Gustave Flaubert is one of the most famous French authors of modern times. During his lifetime he delighted and scandalised readers with his short stories and novels in particular his masterpiece, Madame Bovary. This beguiling idiosyncratic biography...

      Was: $21.95
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      Brief Lives: Henry James.

      A good little biography which affords a fresh glimpse into the life and work of this literary lion, who was a key figure in 19th century realism. The author examines his childhood, travels, experiences and acquaintances, all of which appear to varying...

      Was: $24.95
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      Brief Lives: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

      Now considered the father of German literature, Goethe was a polymath whose life spanned the European Enlightenment, and who in turn had a huge impact on European philosophy, science and literature. His magnum opus, Faust, has been posited as the first...

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      Brief Lives: Joseph Conrad.

      He was born Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzenowski in the Polish Ukraine in 1857. English was his third language. He spent many arduous years at sea, visiting exotic places. He married and settled in England, where he wrote his stories and novels that are still...

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      Brief Lives: Stendhal.

      Stendhal was the pseudonym of Henri Beyle and is celebrated today as an originator of the modern novel. This explores his politics (he was a fervent supporter of Napoleon), ambitions, and many passionate love affairs, as well as giving an account of his...

      Was: $21.95
      Now: $5.00
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      Brief Lives: Virginia Woolf.

      The famous author had a well publicised struggle with mental illness and a fluid approach to sexuality and eventually committed suicide.The author has scoured the correspondence of Woolf's colourful circle of family and friends to illuminate her life...

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      Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds.

      Diamonds! Just why are they so alluring? Bergstein provides us with a fascinating cultural biography of the diamond, largely focusing from the nineteenth century onward as she details: the source of diamonds; the diamond engagement ring's rise to...

      Was: $54.99
      Now: $14.95
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      Cissie's Abattoir.

      Growing up in Waterford, Ireland, this homage to his beloved Grandmother Cissie evokes mid-century Ireland - smoking in the car with the heater on full, The Late Late Show, Jackie Kennedy Onassis on a visit, as well as the excruciatingly funny Midnight...

      Was: $21.95
      Now: $5.00
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      Claude Levi-Strauss: The Poet in the Laboratory.

      In a blending of biography with intellectual history, not only do you get a 'behind the scenes' look at the fieldwork that led to Levi-Strauss's Tristes Tropiques (the memoir that brought him fame in the 1950s), but also his work throughout his career...

      Was: $45.00
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