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Two new volumes in the Library of America series present the life
and work of James Agee, whose flashes of greatness as an essayist,
screenwriter, novelist and Nation film reviewer have
secured his place in the American literary canon.

Andrew Delbanco's new biography of Herman Melville reveals that the
great writer came to realize that what torments men is not the longing
to believe that there is meaning in the universe, but that behind the
longing lies fear of nothingness.

Admired from a distance and reviled up close, Laurence Olivier
could establish a relation with his audience that was like an
infection. His official biography chronicles a personal life of an
actor who altered the cultural compass of a nation.

Vincent Carretta's Equiano, the African is the complex narrative of a Carolina
slave who bought his freedom, married an English woman and published a
memoir on his life as a seafarer and gentleman.

A womanizing gospel king and black-pride pop star, Sam
Cooke led a short life filled with contradiction.

Billie Holiday wasn't just adored by her fans but by her
friends and colleagues as well.

A new biography of one of the Enlightment's most remarkable thinkers.

The story of Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun illustrates the value of a truly independent judiciary.

Paul Johnson and Christopher Hitchens's new books on the Founding Fathers.

A biography of Utilitarian philosopher Henry Sidgwick sheds new light on life in the Victorian era.

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

November 22, 2010