Nureyev: The Life brings new focus to an iconic figure of modern ballet.
Ben Ratliff's not-quite biography of John Coltrane considers the jazz legend's enduring influence.
Reconsidering the life and legacy of avant-garde artist and poet Francis Picabia.
Martin Duberman's biography of Lincoln Kirstein is a case study of the relationship between art and power.
A biography of Gertrude Bell investigates the woman who created Iraq out of the ruins of the Ottoman Empire.
A new biography describes how Edith Wharton transformed her obsessions into stories of loss, regret and entrapment.
Ralph Ellison was eager to be counted in any political cause--except those surrounding race.
The most durable piece of Nazi propaganda may yet turn out to be the belief that Leni Riefenstahl is an artistic genius.
Madison Smartt Bell's new biography of Toussaint Louverture explores the complexities of the man who created modern Haiti.
New biographies of Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon depict the two primeval capitalists in all their contradictory complexity.