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An intellectual biography of Richard Hofstadter rides a wave of nostalgia for this artful historian and liberal icon of the 1950s and '60s.

Two new biographies of Clement Greenberg take the measure of an ambitious art critic who had a knack for predicting success.

A new biography of Timothy Leary reveals the mixed-up sociopath behind the "turn on, tune in, drop out" mantra.

One hundred years ago, Upton Sinclair exposed the meatpacking industry. Three new books expose Sinclair as an activist dreamer with a messianic streak.

George Hutchinson's new biography of the mystery woman of the Harlem Renaissance reconsiders both Nella Larsen and a key moment of black cultural history.

In Elaine Feinstein's new biography, the complicated life of Russian
poet Anna Akhmatova is flattened into a fable of suffering and

Federico Fellini: His Life And Work effaces nearly everything
written about the great Italian director, offering a distinct critical
analysis and an absorbing account of his private life.

Two new books on Shakespeare examine his shadowy life, his times and
the origins of his imagination. A third explores whether the Bard of
Avon was, in fact, Edward de Vere.

Richard Schickel's biography of Elia Kazan is a laudatory
postscript to a life marked by social turmoil, political strife and
artistic intensity.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton's legacy as both an admirable revolutionary
and a profound thinker is brought to life in Vivian Gornick's The
Solitude of Self


 A look back on John Lennon's New York years.

November 22, 2010