Curated Set of 3: New Literary Biographies

Get to know the authors behind the most influential books of the twentieth century.  These three books offer invaluable insight into some of the minds that have shaped the cultural landscape for decades.

  1.   The Life of William Faulkner by Carl Rollyson  
  2. The Last Days of Sylvia Plath by Carl Rollyson  
  3. The Ministry of Truth by Dorian Lynskey  

The personal story behind the work of William Faulkner has fascinated readers nearly as much as the great novels, but the author remained elusive despite numerous biographies that have attempted to decipher his private life and his wild genius. In an ambitious biography that will encompass two volumes, Carl Rollyson has created a life of Faulkner for the new millennium.

In her last days, Sylvia Plath struggled to break out from the control of the towering figure of her husband Ted Hughes. Drawing on recently available court records, archives, and interviews, and reevaluating the memoirs of the formidable Hughes contingent who treated Plath as a female hysteric, Carl Rollyson rehabilitates the image of a woman too often viewed solely within the confines of what Hughes and his collaborators wanted to be written.

1984 isn’t just a novel; it’s a key to understanding the modern world. The Ministry of Truth is the first book that fully examines the epochal and cultural event that is 1984 in all its aspects: from literature that preceded and informed the famed novel and the personal experiences in wartime Great Britain that Orwell drew on as he struggled to finish his masterpiece in his dying days. It explains how fiction history informs fiction and how fiction explains history.

All books included are brand-new hardcovers from the publishers.

While we are all practicing social distancing due to COVID-19, individuals and families are spending a lot of time at home. We want to bring you great books to read during this time. We've applied our curating skills to creating 3 book sets on just about every topic, for just about every reader. 

We are donating 10% from every order to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. They are supporting local booksellers who have been economically impacted by COVID-19. As bookstores are a pillar of our local communities, we are trying to help out as best we can. Please consider buying multiple sets and donating the extra books to families who are home from work and school and in need.  

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