Category: Biographies Memoirs Of Authors

By Dianne Watkins Stuart

In 1946, on the age of forty-one, Janice Holt Giles wrote her first novel. even though it took her simply 3 months to accomplish the 1st draft, operating at evening in order to not clash along with her secretarial task, it was once one other 4 years sooner than The Enduring Hills was once released. 3 years later, while her 6th novel seemed, Janice Holt Giles's works had gathered revenues of approximately million copies. among 1950 and 1975 she wrote twenty-four books, such a lot of which have been bestsellers, frequently reviewed within the New York Times, and chosen for inclusion in well known booklet golf equipment. Her photo held satisfaction of position in her literary agent's ny place of work, along these of Willa Cather, H.G. Wells, and Edith Wharton, but before there was no biography of this immensely well known American author.

Humbly professing to be "just a very good storyteller," Giles was once a willing observer of lifestyles with nice sensitivity, an ear for language, and a great mind's eye. Her inventive achievements turn into much more outstanding while positioned within the context of her usually tricky own struggles. Dianne Watkins Stuart, for years the stated specialist on Giles's paintings, has traced the trail of her certain lifestyles. Stuart walked round the small residence the place Giles's brother used to be born and The Kinta Years (1973) had its beginning, wandered during the backyard the place The Plum Thicket (1954) grew, and made numerous journeys to Adair County, Kentucky, to track the paths of the Piney Ridge trilogy (The Enduring Hills, Miss Willie, Tara's Healing) and hunt down the day by day lifetime of her later years. Stuart's long-anticipated biography offers either a story of Giles's existence and an in-depth description of the artwork and trade of yankee publishing within the center years of the century.

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By Jerome Charyn

PEN/ Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography Longlist
O, The Oprah Magazine “Best Books of summer season” selection

“Magnetic nonfiction.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“Remarkable perception . . . [a] particular meditation/investigation. . . . Jerome Charyn the unpredictable, elusive, and enigmatic is a normal fit for Emily Dickinson, the quintessence of these.” —Joyce Carol Oates, writer of Wild Nights! and The misplaced Landscape

We imagine we all know Emily Dickinson: the Belle of Amherst, virginal, reclusive, and probably mad. yet in A Loaded Gun, Jerome Charyn introduces us to another Emily Dickinson: the fierce, superb, and sexually charged poet who wrote:

My lifestyles had stood—a Loaded Gun—
…
Though I than He— might longer live
He longer must—than I—
For i've got however the strength to kill,
Without—the energy to die—


Through interviews with modern students, shut readings of Dickinson’s correspondence and handwritten manuscripts, and a suggestive, newly found photo that's speculated to express Dickinson together with her lover, Charyn’s literary sleuthing finds the good poet in ways in which have basically been hinted at formerly: as a lady who was once deeply philosophical, intensely engaged with the realm, drawn to participants of either sexes, and ready to write poetry that disturbs and delights us today.

Jerome Charyn is the writer of, so much lately, Bitter Bronx: 13 Stories, I Am Abraham: a singular of Lincoln and the Civil War, and The mystery lifetime of Emily Dickinson: A Novel. He lives in New York.

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By Inge Jens

Inge Jens zieht Bilanz

Inge Jens wurde als Editorin von Thomas Manns Tagebüchern gerühmt, als Biographin von Katia Mann und Hedwig Pringsheim gefeiert. Jetzt zieht sie eine persönliche Bilanz ihrer Jahrzehnte währenden Beschäftigung mit den Manns. Sie widmet sich dem Ort, an dem Thomas Manns Werke entstanden und den er selbst als das eigentliche Zentrum seines Lebens ansah: seinem Schreibtisch. was once battle es für ein Möbelstück, an dem «TM» – wann immer möglich – den Vormittag verbrachte und sich dem täglichen Pensum widmete? Wo stand es, wie sah seine Umgebung aus, und used to be passierte im familiären und häuslichen Umfeld? Welches Schicksal hatte der Schreibtisch auf den verschiedenen Exilstationen der Manns nach 1933? Und wie unterschied sich Thomas Manns Schreibtischexistenz vom Leben anderer Autoren seiner Zeit? Inge Jens berichtet in diesem Buch auch über ihre persönlichen Begegnungen mit der Mann-Familie. Und sie dokumentiert in einem gesonderten Kapitel ihren Briefwechsel mit Golo Mann. Ein Buch mit vielen überraschenden Einsichten – und ein großes Lesevergnügen.

«Die Tagebuch-Ausgabe von Inge Jens ist ein Meilenstein in der Geschichte der Editionsphilologie. Vielleicht werden die Tagebücher Thomas Manns nie mehr dieselben sein, die sie vor Inge Jens waren oder die sie ohne Inge Jens gewesen wären.»
Thomas Sprecher, ehemals Leiter des Thomas-Mann-Archivs, Zürich

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By J.C. Kannemeyer,Michiel Heyns

J.M. Coetzee: a existence in writing is the 1st biography of Nobel prize-winning writer J.M. Coetzee. an international publishing occasion of the rarest sort, the ebook has been written with the entire co-operation of Coetzee, who granted the writer interviews, and placed him in contact with kin, neighbors, and associates who may discuss occasions in Coetzee’s existence.

For the 1st time, Coetzee allowed whole entry to his deepest papers and files, together with the manuscripts of his 16 novels. J.C. Kannemeyer has additionally made a research of the large physique of literature on Coetzee, and during archival learn has unearthed additional details no longer formerly on hand.

The books offers extensive with Coetzee’s origins, early years, and primary writings; his British interlude from 1962–65; his time in the US from 1965–71; his 30 years again in South Africa, whilst he completed foreign reputation and gained the Booker prize; and his Australian years on account that 2002, in which time he received the Nobel Prize.

J.M. Coetzee: a lifestyles in writing is an important paintings that corrects some of the misconceptions approximately Coetzee, and that illuminates the genesis and implications of his novels. This magisterial biography could be an crucial resource for everyone fascinated by Coetzee’s existence and work.

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By Sarah Ragland Jackson

Karle Wilson Baker was once the best-known Texas poet of the early 20th century. but, whereas lots of her male contemporaries stay renowned to Texas literature, she isn't. Her power and demanding function in shaping the literature of Texas equaled these of Walter Prescott Webb or J. Frank Dobie, with whom she ranked because the first Fellows of the Texas Institute of Letters.

Her sleek way of life as an autonomous, “new” girl and her energetic occupation as a author, instructor, and lecturer positioned her one of the avant-garde of girls within the country, even supposing she lived within the small city of Nacogdoches. She was once a multi-talented author with a variety of pursuits, but she championed Texas and the heritage and traditional great thing about East Texas particularly else.

Sarah R. Jackson’s completely researched biography of Karle Wilson Baker introduces her to a brand new new release. Baker’s lifestyles additionally opens a window onto the literary occasions during which she lived and especially the trail of a lady making her method within the principally male-dominated international of nationally acclaimed writers.

Beyond the literary insights this e-book deals, Jackson spotlights advancements in East Texas comparable to the invention of oil and the founding of what could turn into Stephen F. Austin country college in Baker’s fatherland. wide paintings in a few neighborhood and country data and interviews with many that remembered Baker let Jackson to provide an account that isn't basically thorough but additionally energetic and entertaining.

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By Hansjoachim Kiene

Hansjoachim Kienes »Porträt einer Frau in ihrer Welt« macht den Leser nicht nur mit dem Leben von Schillers Lotte bekannt, sondern bezieht auch Schiller als eigentliche Hauptperson gebührend mit ein; und es vermittelt ein detailliertes Bild von der damaligen Epoche, insbesondere vom Weimar der klassischen Zeit.
(Dieser textual content bezieht sich auf eine frühere Ausgabe.)

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By Mark Browning

From 1976 to the current day, there were over forty five motion pictures tailored from the spine-tingling works of Stephen King. In Stephen King at the gigantic display, Mark Browning addresses the query of why many of the movie diversifications of the world’s best-selling writer are even more winning than others.By focussing at the theoretical point of style, Browning brings an unique method of conventional movies and indicates new methods of viewing them. even though usually linked to the macabre, King’s tales shape the root for dozens of narratives, that are sincerely now not horror from Stand by way of Me to Hearts in Atlantis. How are the golf green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption winning as criminal videos? How do Cujo and The Shining paintings as relatives dramas? Are Dreamcatcher and Christine purely up to date Fifties B-movies? The publication is the 1st written by means of a movie expert to contemplate each Stephen King movie given a theatrical unencumber, together with paintings by way of Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg and George A. Romero and the 1st to contemplate intimately movies like Creepshow, Sleepwalkers and 1408. the fashion, while significantly rigorous, is designed to be available to discerning readers of King and enthusiasts of flicks in keeping with his work.

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By Marian Mathews Clark

"Sixty-Something and Flying Solo: A Retiree types it Out in Iowa" is a funny, edgy memoir full of severe ponderings. An Oregon transplant with out young children and no companion, the writer is somebody approximately whom readers may say “I wouldn’t are looking to be in her sneakers, but when she will be able to make it, i will be able to too.” items corresponding to “What to not Say at a Funeral” and “Dusting and different Insanities” offer a backdrop for per 30 days debts of her fall into retirement’s abyss the place she clings to her to-do lists whereas she modifies her nutrition, her cloth wardrobe, her regimen and her vow to turn into extra family. while she resurfaces a yr later, she’s shocked on the panorama and what has stored her.

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By Margaret Anne Hume

Just Mary and Maggie Muggins are names that may arouse thoughts in those that grew up with CBC radio and tv within the Forties and Fifties. The writer of those and different children’s exhibits, former Fredericton schoolteacher Mary Grannan, grew to become a radio famous person while she hit the nationwide airwaves in 1939, her recognition peaking while Maggie Muggins moved to tv in 1955. lengthy ahead of The pleasant monstrous and Mr. Dressup seemed, her paintings helped to form the legacy of light children’s programming on CBC. development on her broadcasting luck, Grannan released over thirty books, so much runaway best-sellers. Attired in fashionable costume, extravagant hats, and large rings, she made common visitor appearances at public occasions around the state. She got the Beaver Award for her broadcasting and was once honoured through the overseas Mark Twain Society and the Institute for schooling by means of Radio at Ohio nation University.

"Just Mary": The lifetime of Mary Evelyn Grannan is the 1st biography of this artistic and as soon as recognized Canadian lady. Immersing the reader in wealthy aspect whereas showcasing excerpts of her writings over the years, the e-book provides an intimate exam of her existence trip via formerly unreleased own letters, information, an abundance of pictures, and interviews with kinfolk, pals, colleagues, and previous scholars. this is often the non-public Mary Grannan because the public hasn't ever earlier than recognized her.

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By Luigi Nono,Laurent Feneyrou

Tout au lengthy de sa vie, Luigi Nono (1924-1990) a défendu l'idée selon laquelle los angeles musique l. a. plus avancée devait être aussi une musique engagée dans son temps. l. a. sienne est nourrie par l'esprit de l. a. résistance antifasciste en Italie, élargie aux luttes contre toutes les formes de domination et d'impérialisme dans le monde. Les moyens nouveaux, ceux du sérialisme puis ceux de los angeles technologie, visent une forme d'utopie brilliant à travers laquelle se dessine l. a. possibilité d'une autre société et d'un « homme nouveau ». Jusqu'ici, on connaissait les textes dans lesquels Nono traite des questions esthétiques et musicales, même si celles-ci sont toujours traversées chez lui par des considérations politiques. Mais Nono a écrit une quantité considérable d'autres textes qui, après sa mort, ont été regroupés et archivés. Certains sont liés à son activité politique : reportages, prises de place, polémiques, interventions... D'autres traitent de los angeles musique : conférences, présentations, préfaces, discussions... Ils sont publiés ici pour l. a. première fois en français, de même que les textes connus ont été repris à partir des models originales, permettant d'enrichir considérablement l'image d'un compositeur qui compte parmi les personnalités les plus importantes de son époque. Cette édition paraît à l'occasion du trentième anniversaire de Contrechamps. Elle a été réalisée par Laurent Feneyrou, qui a traduit lui-même l'ensemble des textes. Elle comporte un enregistrement sur CD d'une conférence donnée par Luigi Nono à l. a. Salle Patiño de Genève, lors d'un live performance Contrechamps, le 17 mars 1983.

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