Charles Dickens's beloved characters often harbored terrible secrets. Their creator was no different.
The revolutionary painter, in the eyes of his contemporaries, was by turns a genius and simpleton.
A novelist reveals the real-life inspiration for his hard-luck fiction.
A deeply sympathetic examination of the Founding Father's paradoxes.
The novelist's correspondence shows a determinedly independent sensibility working patiently at becoming a legend.
The author of The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson on his writing process, the challanges historians face, and how his subject acheived the full potential of the presidency.
Jack Kerouac's journey to the composition of On the Road was long, and filled with detours.
The Senate's champion of segregation endured long after the Dixiecrats were history.
The story of an American artist is also the snapshot of a lost world.
The legendary film star may have been a better actress in private life than she was on the screen.
How the great writer's life in exile emerged in a career of artistic revolution.
A new volume of the writer and thinker's journals reveals a mind bent on relentless self-interrogation.
A life of playwright and gadfly Lillian Hellman suggests that her reputation in large part turns on her gender.
The short life of John Kennedy Toole, author of the classic A Confederacy of Dunces.
The author of Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? talks about the consequences of "spiritual damage."
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