Vladimir Nabokov

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"Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita by Robert Roper

Volume 262 Issue 04 01/26/2015 Spring 2015 Announcements: Literary
Biographies, Essays & Criticism: Lives in Letters By Everett Jones Jan 23,

This season’s literary nonfiction looks at what it means to devote your life
to the written word.//The state of reading and writing in today’s digitally
driven world has been preoccupying authors of late. Melissa Pritchard, for

Pw’s Top 10: Literary Biographies, Essays & Criticism

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen. Mary Norris. Norton, Apr.

The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime. Harold Bloom.
Random/Spiegel & Grau, May 12

The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings; J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S.
Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams. Philip and Carol Zaleski. Farrar,
Straus and Giroux, June 2

I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career: The Selected Correspondence
of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg, 1955–1997. Edited by Bill
Morgan. City Lights, May 12

The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915–1964. Zachary Leader.
Knopf, May 5

Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross
Macdonald. Edited by Suzanne Marrs and Tom Nolan. Arcade, July 7

The Nearest Thing to Life. James Wood. Brandeis Univ., June 2

A Solemn Pleasure. Melissa Pritchard. Bellevue Literary, May 12

Where I’m Reading From: The Changing World of Books. Tim Parks. New York
Review Books, May 12

Young Eliot: A Biography. Robert Crawford. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Mar.

Literary Biographies, Essays & Criticism Listings


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Bookmarked: Reading My Way from Hollywood to Brooklyn by Wendy Fairey (Mar.
3, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-1-62872-537-7). Fairey’s mother, Hollywood
columnist Sheilah Graham, was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last love. When Fairey
was a child, Fitzgerald would bring her books by classic authors, from
Charles Dickens to Virginia Woolf, sparking a lifelong literary journey that
she traces in this memoir.

Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross
Macdonald, edited by Suzanne Marrs and Tom Nolan (July 7, hardcover, $35,
ISBN 978-1-62872-527-8). In 1970, Ross Macdonald wrote a letter to Eudora
Welty, beginning a 13-year correspondence. Macdonald and Welty’s biographers
offer a collection of their witty, wry, tender, and, at times, profoundly
romantic letters.

Arte Público

The Milli Vanilli Condition: Essays on Culture in the New Millennium by
Eduardo Espina, trans. from the Spanish by Travis Sorenson (Mar. 31, paper,
$17.95, ISBN 978-1-55885-811-4). Uruguayan-born poet Espina ponders the
paradoxes of modern life in a serious-minded but entertaining collection of
essays on a wide variety of subjects, including serial killers, nostalgia,
and even the Olympics.

Bellevue Literary

(dist. by Consortium)

A Solemn Pleasure by Melissa Pritchard (May 12, paper, $16.95, ISBN
978-1-934137-96-3). Novelist (Palmerino) and short story writer Pritchard
shares, in these 15 essays, a passion for writing and storytelling that
educates, honors, and inspires. The inaugural title in Bellevue’s the Art of
the Essay series.

Black Dog & Leventhal

(dist. by Workman)

Mark Twain’s Notebooks: Journals, Letters, Observations, Wit, Wisdom, and
Doodles, edited by Carlo De Vito (May 5, paper, $19.95, ISBN
978-1-57912-997-2). This original and insightful collection combines Twain’s
journal writings with his rarely seen sketches and doodles to create a
fascinating, and often hilarious, visual testimonial to the father of
American literature.


Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita by Robert Roper (June 9,
hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-0-8027-4363-3). Worldly, refined, cultivated: the
Russian-born author of Lolita might seem as European as they come. Nabokov,
however, regarded his time in the U.S. as the richest of his life, as shown
in this revelatory biography from Roper (Now the Drum of War).

Brandeis Univ.

The Nearest Thing to Life by James Wood (June 2, hardcover, $35, ISBN
978-1-61168-741-5). A master class from the New Yorker’s Wood, often
regarded as our finest living critic, on the connections between fiction and
life. Along with individual works like Chekhov’s “The Kiss” and Penelope
Fitzgerald’s The Blue Flower, Wood discusses his personal experiences as a

City Lights

I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career: The Selected Correspondence
of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg, 1955–1997, edited by Bill
Morgan (May 12, hardcover, $26.95, ISBN 978-0-87286-686-7). A collection of
the correspondence between the author of Howl and his publisher and fellow
poet, and City Lights Books cofounder, provides an evocative portrait of
enduring friendship.


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