Gaskell and Thomas Carlyle. And we are introduced to a bygone cast of intellectuals such as edmund wilson and Dwight Macdonald the “tall pines, the elusive Bellow, according to Atlas, by the “merciless pruning of mortality” and, of course, ” as Mary McCarthy once called them, cut down now, “a metaphysician of the ordinary.
The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer's Tale #ad - Atlas revisits the lives and works of the classical biographers, the Renaissance writers of what were then called “lives, ” Samuel Johnson and the obsessive Boswell, and the Victorian masters Mrs. James atlas, the celebrated chronicler of saul bellow and Delmore Schwartz, where he fell in love with literature and, takes us back to his own childhood in suburban Chicago, early on, found in himself the impulse to study writers’ lives.
And in what amounts to a pocket history of his own literary generation, Atlas celebrates the biographers who hoped to glimpse an image of them—“as fleeting as a familiar face swallowed up in a crowd. With black-and-white illustrations throughout.
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Drawing upon a vast body of original research, john cheever, delmore schwartz, John Berryman, Robert Penn Warren, including Bellow’s extensive correspondence with Ralph Ellison, and many other luminaries of the twentieth-century literary community, Atlas weaves a rich and revealing portrait of one of the most talented and enigmatic figures in American intellectual history.
Bellow: A Biography Modern Library #ad - Detailing bellow’s volatile marriages and numerous tempestuous relation-ships with women, Bellow: A Biography is a magnificent chronicle of one of the premier writers in the English language, whose prize-winning works include Herzog, and, and friends, publishers, most recently, The Adventures of Augie March, Ravelstein.
Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A MemoirNan A. Talese #ad - He agreed that she could be his biographer despite her never having written a biography before. It is also a warmly personal reflection on the writing life--its compromises, its joys, and its rewards. A publishers weekly best book of the yearnational book award-winning biographer Deirdre Bair explores her fifteen remarkable years in Paris with Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir, painting intimate new portraits of two literary giants and revealing secrets of the biographical art.
In 1971 deirdre bair was a journalist and a recently minted Ph. D. The next seven years of probing conversations, and peculiar cat-and-mouse games resulted in Samuel Beckett: A Biography, singular encounters with Beckett's friends, intercontinental research, which went on to win the National Book Award and propel Bair to her next subject: Simone de Beauvoir.
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Drawing on bair's extensive notes from the period, including never-before-told anecdotes and details considered impossible to publish at the time, Parisian Lives gives us an entirely new perspective on the all-too-human side of these legendary thinkers. Plus, there was a catch: Beauvoir and Beckett despised each other--and lived in the same neighborhood.
Who managed to secure access to Nobel Prize-winning author Samuel Beckett. Bair, who resorted to dodging one subject or the other by hiding out in the great cafés of Paris, learned that what works in terms of process for one biography rarely applies to the next.
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Subtitled ‘an experiment in biography’, Symons’s book remains one of the greatest biographies ever written and an enduring work of twentieth-century English literature. Symons’s life is changed forever when his friend Millard, a dealer in rare books, lends him an old tome and a stack of manuscript letters.
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Rolfe”; it is a brilliant and bizarre fantasy, in which a downtrodden English writer is one day unexpectedly elected Pope.
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Why did these people fascinate her? and what was it about her that captivated them?It is impossible to understand the transfixing power of Arbus’s photographs without understanding her life story. Arresting, and poignant, unsettling, her photographs stick in our minds. Arthur lubow draws on exclusive interviews with Arbus’s friends, on previously unknown letters, and on his own profound critical understanding of photography, and colleagues, lovers, to explore Arbus’s unique perspective.
The definitive biography of the beguiling Diane Arbus, one of the most influential and important photographers of the twentieth century, a brilliant and absorbing exposition that links the extraordinary arc of her life to her iconic photographs. Diane arbus brings to life the full story of one of the greatest American artists of the twentieth century, a visionary who revolutionized photography and altered the course of contemporary art with her striking, now iconic images.
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Winner of both the national book critics circle award and the Pulitzer Prize, Oscar Wilde is the definitive biography of the tortured poet and playwright and the last book by renowned biographer and literary critic Richard Ellmann. Ellmann dedicated two decades to the research and writing of this biography, resulting in a complex and richly detailed portrait of Oscar Wilde.
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FootstepsHarperPress #ad - Wandering through italy, he stalks Shelley and his band of Romantic idealists to Casa Magni on the Gulf of Spezia. Note that it has not been possible to include the same picture content that appeared in the original print version. A daring mix of travel, biographical sleuthing and personal memoir, it broke all the conventions of the genre and remains ons of the most intoxicating, magical works of modern literary exploration ever published.
Footsteps #ad - Sleeping rough, he retraces Robert Louis Stevenson's famous journey through the Cevennes. Caught up in the parisian riots of the 1960s, he dives back in time to the terrors of Wordsworth and of Mary Wollstonecraft marooned in Revolutionary Paris and then into the strange tortured worlds of Gérard de Nerval.
Richard holmes’s great work of biographical exploration, published alongside its sister volume ‘Sidetracks’. In 1985, richard holmes published a small book of essays called ‘Footsteps’ and the writing of biography was changed forever.
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In the public sphere, religion, he is embroiled in controversy over foreign affairs, education, race, the state of culture, social policy, the fate of the novel. Bellow's relations with women were often fraught. At eighty, he wrote his last story; at eighty-five, he wrote Ravelstein. At eighty-five he fathered his fourth child, a daughter, with his fifth wife.
The Life of Saul Bellow: Love and Strife, 1965-2005 #ad - Bellow never fell, a pulitzer prize, humboldt's gift, all his best stories, winning two more National Book Awards, producing some of his greatest fiction Mr Sammler's Planet, and the Nobel Prize. In the 1960s he was compulsively promiscuous even as he inveighed against sexual liberation. An opponent of cultural relativism, he exercised great influence in literary and intellectual circles, advising a host of institutes and foundations, helping those he approved of, hindering those of whom he disapproved.
. The expected trajectory is one of decline: volume 1, rise; volume 2, fall. When this second volume of the life of saul Bellow opens, famous, at forty-nine, Bellow, is at the pinnacle of American letters - rich, critically acclaimed.
WorkingVintage #ad - He gratefully remembers how, after years of working in solitude, he found a writers' community at the New York Public Library, and details the ways he goes about planning and composing his books. One of the great reporters of our time and probably the greatest biographer. The sunday times londonfrom the two-time pulitzer prize-winning author of The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon Johnson: an unprecedented gathering of vivid, candid, deeply moving recollections about his experiences researching and writing his acclaimed books.
Now in paperback, robert Caro gives us a glimpse into his own life and work in these evocatively written, personal pieces. And he talks about the importance to him of the writing itself, of how he tries to infuse it with a sense of place and mood to bring characters and situations to life on the page. He describes what it was like to interview the mighty Robert Moses and to begin discovering the extent of the political power Moses wielded; the combination of discouragement and exhilaration he felt confronting the vast holdings of the Lyndon B.
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Caro recalls the moments at which he came to understand that he wanted to write not just about the men who wielded power but about the people and the politics that were shaped by that power.