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Herman Melville, mariner and mystic
by Raymond Melbourne Weaver - George H. Doran co. , 1921
Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. It was not until the early 20th century that his work won recognition, especially Moby-Dick, which was hailed as one of the literary masterpieces of world literature.
by John Morley - The Macmillan Company , 1886
The existence, character, and career of this extraordinary person constituted in themselves a new and prodigious era. The peculiarities of his individual genius changed the mind and spiritual conformation of France, and of the whole of the West.
Sir Walter Scott
by Richard Holt Hutton - eBooks@Adelaide , 2012
Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet, popular throughout much of the world during his time. Scott was the first English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime.
The Last Days of Tolstoy
by V. G. Chertkov - William Heinemann , 1922
So much misunderstanding has accumulated in connection with the last years and days of Leo Nikolaevitch Tolstoy's life, that before starting upon this first detailed account of his 'going away' I begin with a somewhat lengthy introduction.
The Man Shakespeare and his Tragic Life Story
by Frank Harris - Mitchell Kennerley , 1909
A lively biography of the world's greatest playwright and poet by an ardent admirer. Frank Harris created an impressionistic portrait that is at once a highly idiosyncratic exploration of the plays and a telling of the life through them.
Victor Hugo: His Life and Works
by G. Barnett Smith - Ward and Downey , 1885
This volume is a complete survey of the life and work of the most celebrated Frenchman of the nineteenth century. This is the only book which relates the full story of his life, and now traces to its close his literary career.
Tolstoi as Man and Artist, with an Essay on Dostoievski
by Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky - Westminster Constable , 1902
In the case of Tolstoi and Dostoievski, their works are so bound up with their lives, with the personality of each author, that we cannot speak of the one without the other. Before studying them as artists, we must know what manner of men they are.
Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions
by Frank Harris - eBooks@Adelaide , 2007
A biography of the great man, written by the Irish-American author, editor, journalist and publisher who was friendly with many well-known figures of his day. A wonderful work of art itself, no unnecessary data is wasted, no long reflexions bore us.
Mark Twain's Burlesque Autobiography
by Mark Twain , 1871
' I was born without teeth -- and there Richard III had the advantage of me; but I was born without a humpback, likewise, and there I had the advantage of him. My parents were neither very poor nor conspicuously honest. '
Mark Twain: A Biography
by Albert Bigelow Paine - eBooks@Adelaide , 2003
Biography of the classic American humorist, satirist, lecturer and writer. Twain is most noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has since been called the Great American Novel, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
The Life of Charlotte Bronte
by Elizabeth Gaskell - eBooks@Adelaide , 2009
Elizabeth Gaskell's biography of her close friend recounts Charlotte Bronte's life from her childhood, through her years as a writer who had 'foreseen the single life' for herself, to her marriage at thirty-eight and death less than a year later.
Life on the Mississippi
by Mark Twain - Classic Reader , 2008
Life on the Mississippi is a memoir by Mark Twain detailing his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the American Civil War. He describes, with great affection, the science of navigating the ever-changing Mississippi River.
Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain's Final Years
by Karen Lystra - University of California Press , 2004
The last years of Mark Twain's life are sadly familiar: crippled by losses and tragedies, american humorist sank into a deep depression. This book recovers Twain's final years as they really were--lived in the shadow of deception and prejudice.