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book image Flaubert and Madame Bovary: A Double Portrait
Flaubert and Madame Bovary
Francis Steegmuller
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A work of scholarship, a profound contribution to literary criticism, Flaubert and Madame Bovary is a biographical study executed with all the precision and vision of a great novel.
Contributors: Victor Brombert

book image Hons and Rebels
Hons and Rebels
Jessica Mitford
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In Hons and Rebels Jessica Mitford tells about her upbringing, which, she drily remarks, "even for England, in those far-off days of the middle twenties...was not exactly conventional...."
Contributors: Christopher Hitchens

book image The World I Live In
World I Live In
Helen Keller
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The World I Live In is a thought-provoking and deeply moving account of Helen Keller's keenest impressions and deepest feelings —as well as a rediscovered classic of American writing.
Contributors: Roger Shattuck

book image My Century
My Century
Aleksander Wat
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The great Polish poet Aleksander Wat's memoirs provide a powerful and moving account of life in Eastern Europe in the terrible twentieth century.
Contributors: Czeslaw Milosz , Richard Lourie

book image Monsieur Proust
Monsieur Proust
Céleste Albaret
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This lovely book is as close as we can come to meeting Proust in person.
Contributors: André Aciman , Barbara Bray

book image Black Sun: The Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby
Black Sun
Geoffrey Wolff
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Black Sun is master biographer Geoffrey Wolff's picture of a brilliant and self-destructive man who sought to make his life into a work of art.

book image Peking Story: The Last Days of Old China
Peking Story
David Kidd
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"Kidd's pieces are simple, graceful, comic, mournful miniatures of an ominous catastrophe, the unprecedently swift death of a uniquely ancient civilization." —John Updike

book image Twenty Days with Julian & Little Bunny by Papa
Twenty Days
Nathaniel Hawthorne
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This true-life story by a great American writer emerges from obscurity to shine a delightful light upon family life—then and now.
Contributors: Paul Auster

book image Shelley: The Pursuit
Richard Holmes
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Here we have the real Shelley at last—radical agitator, atheist, and apostle of free love, as well as a brilliant and uncompromising poetic innovator.

book image Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship
Walter Benjamin
Gershom Scholem
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Gershom Scholem was a precocious teenager when he became Walter Benjamin's close friend. His account of that relationship is at once a tribute to his friend's genius and a lament for his personal and, as Scholem sees it, intellectual self-destructiveness.
Contributors: Lee Siegel , Harry Zohn