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Carson McCullers: A Life

Drawing on new sources, including recently released transcripts of psychiatric sessions, the first major biography of this important American writer, decades ahead of her time, in almost fifty years

Mistress of Modernism: The Life of Peggy Guggenheim

Houghton Mifflin, 2004
Peggy Guggenheim was one of the most extraordinary and controversial women of her time, the champion of modern art and artists including Brancusi, Henry Moore, Duchamp, Max Ernst, Rothko, and, most famously, Jackson Pollock.

Mailer: A Biography

Houghton Mifflin, 1999
Undeniably one of the most controversial figures of the last fifty years, Mailer has also been one of the most influential. He has both made the news and commented on it with an originality that has permanently altered America's literary landscape.

Queen of Bohemia: The Life of Louise Bryant

Houghton Mifflin 1996
Bryant was a pioneering foreign correspondent, a fervent crusader for social causes, and an unabashed champion of sexual freedom. This book brings to exhilarating life the motivations and passions behind one of the century's most romantic radicals.

The Happiest Man Alive: A Biography of Henry Miller

A definitive life of the Tropic of Cancer author in the context of American culture

Love in the Promised Land: The Story of Anzia Yezierska and John Dewey

A joint biography of an immigrant woman writer, the "Sweatshop Cinderella," and the New England philosopher with whom she had a love affair. Their lives intertwine before and after they intersect.

Pocahontas's Daughters: Gender and Ethnicity in American Culture

A study of American women writers since the Civil War who, "ethnic" or not, take up ethnic themes and concerns in their writing. Includes a chapter on Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans as an ethnic text.