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
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.
Two new books explore the work of philosophers
Emmanuel Levinas and Martin Heidegger.