Scholars have pored over his writing, but the life of the author of 1984 and Animal Farm remains mysterious.
The legendary sci-fi writer's growth from high school student to master of imagination.
A "Cabinet of Canine Curiosities" that chronicles four-legged feats, both mythical and real.
A "characteristically sly" memoir of the writer's work as an architect of meticulously detailed fictions.
The history of an icon so entrenched it seems to have grown right out of the hillside.
The strange and complex
history of pica—the practice of
What separates a great
orator from a tedious windbag? And
does it matter?
Beauty and dread in the quartets Shostakovich created in Stalin's shadow.
The legendary mathematician
and his tragic fate.
A new life of one of the great masters of Hollywood spectacle, a restless and reckless pursuer of excess.
The Red Planet has inspired
scientific fantasies ranging from little green men to monstrous canal-builders.
versions of San Francisco, in the form of revelatory, provocative maps.
The poet remembered for his
witty treatment of love lived on the razor's edge of 17th-century
Was the pig roast the most
important discovery Europeans made in the New World?
The award-winning novelist
on the suffering in her Haitian birthplace, and the role of the immigrant
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