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The Great Charles Dickens Scandal

Charles Dickens's beloved characters often harbored terrible secrets.  Their creator was no different.

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Reviews & Essays

Cézanne: A Life

The revolutionary painter, in the eyes of his contemporaries, was by turns a genius and simpleton.

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Elsewhere: A Memoir

A novelist reveals the real-life inspiration for his hard-luck fiction.

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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

A deeply sympathetic examination of the Founding Father's paradoxes.

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Kurt Vonnegut: Letters

The novelist's correspondence shows a determinedly independent sensibility working patiently at becoming a legend.

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Interviews

Robert A. Caro: "What can a president be? What can a president do?"

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.

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The Voice Is All

Jack Kerouac's journey to the composition of On the Road was long, and filled with detours.

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Strom Thurmond's America

The Senate's champion of segregation endured long after the Dixiecrats were history.

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Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz

The story of an American artist is also the snapshot of a lost world.

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Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox

The legendary film star may have been a better actress in private life than she was on the screen.

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Interviews

'Sunny Jim' or 'Herr Satan': Gordon Bowker on James Joyce

How the great writer's life in exile emerged in a career of artistic revolution.

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As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980

A new volume of the writer and thinker's journals reveals a mind bent on relentless self-interrogation.

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A Difficult Woman

A life of playwright and gadfly Lillian Hellman suggests that her reputation in large part turns on her gender.

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Butterfly in the Typewriter

The short life of John Kennedy Toole, author of the classic A Confederacy of Dunces

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"The Past is a Negotiation": Jeanette Winterson

The author of Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? talks about the consequences of "spiritual damage."

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