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book image Peking Story: The Last Days of Old China
Peking Story
David Kidd
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 Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
Alexander Berkman
Berkman
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No other book discusses so frankly the criminal ways of the closed prison society, its homosexuality or extortion. No other political prisoner even remotely approaches Berkman's sympathy for what most of the revolutionaries refer to contemptuously as common criminals.
Contributors: John William Ward

book image Prisoner of Love
Prisoner of Love
Jean Genet
Genet
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Genet's final masterpiece, written and rewritten on his deathbed, is a lyrical and philosophical voyage to the bloody intersection of oppression, terror, and desire at the heart of the contemporary world.
Contributors: Ahdaf Soueif , Barbara Bray

book image The Quest for Corvo
Quest for Corvo
A.J.A. Symons
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

book image Reading and Writing: A Personal Account
Reading and Writing
V.S. Naipaul
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 Records of Shelley, Byron, and the Author
Records of Shelley, Byron, and the Author
Edward John Trelawny
Trelawny
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In 1822, after having been discharged from the British navy, deserted by his wife, and as good as disowned by his father, the thirty-two year old Edward John Trelawny set off for Italy to make the acquaintance of his hero, Lord Byron.
Contributors: Anne Barton

book image Renoir, My Father
Renoir, My Father
Jean Renoir
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 Ringolevio: A Life Played for Keeps
Ringolevio
Emmett Grogan
Grogan
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Grogan went from street punk to teenage junkie to countercultural icon in a few years. As the leader of the San Francisco Diggers in the '60s he set the tone—puckish, anarchic, radical—for a movement that was to alter the social fabric. He was also a great self-mythologizer. As Paul Krassner put it, "The leader of the Diggers doesn't exist, and his name is Emmett Grogan."
Contributors: Peter Coyote

book image Roumeli: Travels In Northern Greece
Roumeli
Patrick Leigh Fermor
Fermor
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Travel writing's very own "cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Graham Greene" explores northern Greece.
Contributors: Patricia Storace

book image Shelley: The Pursuit
Shelley
Richard Holmes
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.