Howl and his publisher and fellow poet, and
City Lights Books cofounder, provides an
evocative portrait of enduring friendship.
Virginia Woolf: A Portrait by Viviane
Forrester, trans. from the French by Jody
Gladding (May 19, hardcover, $35, ISBN
978-0-231-15356-0). Winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt award for biography,
this remarkable portrait from Forrester
draws on recently unearthed documents,
key primary sources, and interviews with
Woolf’s relatives and acquaintances to shed
new light on her life and work.
Unbuttoning America: A Biography
of ‘Peyton Place’ by Ardis Cameron (May
15, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-8014-
5364-9). In this lively account of the writing, publication, and legacy of the 1956
bestselling novel, Cameron explains how the
story of a patricide in a small New England
village became a cultural phenomenon.
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Some Sort of Genius: A Life of
Wyndham Lewis by Paul O’Keeffe (June
9, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-61902-
530-1). Combining years of research with
dry wit and creative storytelling, this
portrait of the painter and novelist, who
took a dramatically different path from
contemporaries like James Joyce and
Gertrude Stein, introduces one of 20th-
century modernism’s most compelling and
Love and Other Ways of Dying:
Essays by Michael Paterniti (Mar. 3, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-0-385-33702-1).
The bestselling author of The Telling Room
presents a book of luminous essays,
collected for the first time, that range in
subject from the culinary impossibilities of
celebrated Spanish chef Ferran Adrià to the
devastating legacy of the Khmer Rouge.
Lunch with a Bigot: The Writer in
the World by Amitava Kumar (May 15,
paper, $23.95, ISBN 978-0-8223-5930-2).
Kumar (A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of
His Arm a Tiny Bomb) mixes memoir,
reportage, and criticism in 26 essays about,
variously, the craft of writing, Bollywood,
and, in the title entry, an ultra-right Hindu
organization that put him on a hit list.
The Life of Images: Selected Prose by
Charles Simic (April 7, hardcover, $27.99,
ISBN 978-0-06-236471-5). In addition to
being one of America’s most famous poets,
Simic is a talented essayist, as shown in this
selection culled from five earlier collections
and published over the past 25 years; published in conjunction with a new book of
poetry, The Lunatic.
On Writing by Charles Bukowski (July
28, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-0-06-
239600-6). Bukowski’s stories, poems, and
novels have left an enduring mark on our
culture. In this collection of correspondence—letters to publishers, editors,
friends, and fellow writers—the writer
shared his insights on the art of creation.
35,000-copy announced first printing.
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Chasing Lost Time: The Life of C.K.
Scott Moncrieff: Soldier, Spy, and
Translator by Jean Findlay (Mar. 10, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-0-374-11927-0).
Findlay, Moncrieff’s great-great-niece,
writes the first biography of the famed
Proust translator, revealing what PW’s
review called “his exciting, even improbable life” as a WWI hero and British spy.
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives
of the Inklings; J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S.
Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip and Carol Zaleski (June 2,
hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-0-374-15409-
7). A stirring group biography of the
Inklings, the Oxford writing club that
included Tolkien and Lewis, as well as
Romantic writer Williams and esoteric
Young Eliot: A Biography by Robert
Crawford (Mar. 31, hardcover, $35, ISBN
978-0-374-27944-8). On the 50th anniversary of T.S. Eliot’s death, Crawford pres-
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