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Here one of our leading literary scholars looks back on her own life in the classroom, and discovers how much of what she learned there needs to be unlearned. Jane Tompkins' memoir shows how her education shaped her in the mold of a high achiever ...

A Life In School: What The Teacher Learned

Opening with an overview of the reigns of the first four Tudor monarchs, the author emphasizes just how much England was in need of a strong and charismatic ruler, particularly after the disastrous reign of "Bloody Mary. " Subsequent chapters exam...

All the Queen's Men: The World of Elizabeth I

An intellectual dialogue of the highest plane achieved in America, the correspondence between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson spanned half a century and embraced government, philosophy, religion, quotidiana, and family griefs and joys. First meeti...

The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams

No other major contemporary American writer has inspired such intense curiosity about her life as Sylvia Plath. Now the intimate and eloquent personal diaries of the twentieth century's most important female poet reveal for the first time the true...

Journals of Sylvia Plath

Susie Boyt examines hero-worship? along with consolation, love, grief, and fame? through the prism of her own beloved Judy Garland. Her journey takes in a duetting breakfast with Mickey Rooney, a munchkin luncheon, and a breathless, semisacred enc...

My Judy Garland Life: A Memoir

The Last Viking unravels the life of the man who stands head and shoulders above all those who raced to map the last corners of the world. In 1900, the four great geographical mysteries-the Northwest Passage, the Northeast Passage, the South Pole,...

The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Churchill, a towering historical biography, available for the first time in paperback. William Gladstone was, with Tennyson, Newman, Dickens, Carlyle, and Darwin, one of the stars of nineteenth-century...

Gladstone: A Biography

How have the legal careers of twenty-five American presidents shaped their presidencies? Of America's forty-three presidents, twenty-five have been lawyers. America's most beloved and admired president, Abraham Lincoln, was involved in more than 5...

America's Lawyer-Presidents: From Law Office to Oval Office

A revealing new biography-the first in more than fifty years-of one of the twentieth-century's towering literary figures. James Joyce is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, his novels and stories foundational in the history of li...

James Joyce: A New Biography

Thurgood Marshall changed American history by challenging it. In the first half of the twentieth century, African Americans were often treated as second-class citizens and subject to ??? Jim Crow??? laws, which promoted both racism and segregation...

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