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book image Madame de Pompadour
Madame de Pompadour
Nancy Mitford
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Nancy Mitford's delightfully candid biography re-creates the spirit of eighteenth-century Versailles with its love of pleasure and treachery.
Contributors: Amanda Foreman

book image Conundrum
Jan Morris
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A pioneering memoir exploring the borders of gender and early sex-reassignment surgery.

book image Reading and Writing: A Personal Account
Reading and Writing
V.S. Naipaul
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In this essay of literary autobiography, V. S. Naipaul sifts through memories of his childhood in Trinidad, his university days in England, and his earliest attempts at writing, seeking the experiences of life and reading that shaped his imagination and his growth as a writer.

book image Memoirs of Lorenzo Da Ponte
Lorenzo Da Ponte
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"I shall speak of things . . . so singular in their oddity as in some manner to instruct, or at least entertain, without wearying." —Lorenzo da Ponte
Contributors: Elisabeth Abbott

book image Renoir, My Father
Renoir, My Father
Jean Renoir
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In this delightful memoir, Jean Renoir, the director of such masterpieces of the cinema as Grand Illusion and The Rules of the Game, tells the life story of his father, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the great Impressionist painter.
Contributors: Robert L. Herbert , Randolph and Dorothy Weaver

book image The Snows of Yesteryear: Portraits for an Autobiography
Snows of Yesteryear
Gregor von Rezzori
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The author of Memoirs of an Anti-Semite tells his own story through portraits of the members of his childhood household. "An elegiac tribute to a receding past and a testament to the redemptive powers of memory—a family photography album, beautifully translated into words.—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Book Review
Contributors: John Banville , H. F. Broch De Rothermann

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

book image Memoirs of My Nervous Illness
Memoirs of My Nervous Illness
Daniel Paul Schreber
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The wonderful Schreber . . . ought to have been made a professor of psychiatry and director of a mental hospital. — Sigmund Freud
Contributors: Rosemary Dinnage

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 The Quest for Corvo
Quest for Corvo
A.J.A. Symons
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The Quest for Corvo is a hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of the strange Frederick Rolfe, self-appointed Baron Corvo, an artist, writer, and frustrated aspirant to the priesthood with a bottomless talent for self-destruction.
Contributors: A.S. Byatt