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."
A journalist unveils the hidden history of Russia's prime minister.
Scenes from an American family's sojourn in the City of Light, from the author's forthcoming memoir Paris in Love.
An award-winning reporter's "uncompromising and important" new look at daily life in a Mumbai slum.
The author of Charles Dickens: A Life on what happens "when you live with Dickens for years."
An unclassifiable musician on a life spent transmuting suffering into music.
The voice! The ego! The drama!
A diplomat’s journals form a scintillating chronicle of the Belle Époque – and beyond.
A Hollywood star's inventive legacy.
The life of the "first person of African descent in the Americas to publish a book."
The jewels, the gowns, the lovers, and the will to power of a remarkable ruler.
The complicated man behind the literary myth.
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