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Palimpsest: A Memoir

This is a memoir of the first 40 years of Gore Vidals life, ranging back and forth across a rich history. He spent his childhood in Washington DC, in the household of his grandfather, the blind senator from Oklahoma, T.P. Gore, and in the various domestic situations of his complicated and exasperating mother, Nina. Then come schooldays at St Albans and Exeter; the army; l

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The Journals of Jim Elliot

Jim Elliot was part of a team of young missionaries murdered in Ecuador in 1956 by the Auca Indians to whom they were witnessing. At the age of 29, he left behind a young widow, a baby daughter, and volumes of personal journals written over many years.In 1978, Revell published the complete and unabridged journals, edited by his widow, Elisabeth, and the journals have stay

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The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham: A Biography

He was a brilliant teller of tales, one of the most widely read authors of the twentieth century, and at one time the most famous writer in the world, yet W. Somerset Maugham�s own true story has never been fully told. At last, the fascinating truth is revealed in a landmark biography by the award-winning writer Selina Hastings. Granted unprecedented access to Maugham�s pe

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Youve Had Your Time: Second Part of the Confessions

The second volume of the two-volume autobiography.The narrative begins in 1959, with the author�s return from Brunei and the start of a professional writing career and ends in 1982 with the centenary celebrations of James Joyce�s birth, which prompt the author to certain conclusions about the relationship between literature and life. Rarely, if ever, has a writer exposed h

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Thomas Hardy

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Louis XVIII was the most European of the kings of France. A grandson of Louis XV, born in Versailles in 1755, he escaped from Paris in 1791, disguised as an Englishman. He spent the following twenty-three years in exile, in Germany, Italy, Russia, Poland and finally, for seven years, in England, before he was restored to the throne in 1814. As King he renounced French conq

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The Autobiography Of Benevenuto Cellini

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca

By any measure, Seneca (?4-65AD) is one of the most significant figures in both Roman literature and ancient philosophy. His writings are voluminous and diverse, ranging from satire to disturbing, violent tragedies, from metaphysical theory to moral and political discussions of virtue and anger. Seneca found himself at the turbulent center of Roman imperial power, making h

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The First of Men: A Life of George Washington

Written by John Ferling, one of Americas leading historians of the Revolutionary era, The First of Men offers an illuminating portrait of George Washingtons life, with emphasis on his military and political career.Here is a riveting account that captures Washington in all his complexity, recounting not only Washingtons familiar sterling qualitiescourage, industry, abil

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