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The Books: Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams, by Lyle Leverich

Daily Book Excerpt: Biography Next biography on the biography shelf is Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams, by Lyle Leverich Tried writing yesterday. Did some work on Stairs to the Roof. Not much energy but accomplished something. Even coffee doesn’t wake … Continue reading

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The Books: Oscar’s Books, by Thomas Wright

Daily Book Excerpt: Biography Next biography on the biography shelf is Built of Books: How Reading Defined the Life of Oscar Wilde, by Thomas Wright It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of … Continue reading

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The Books: Oscar Wilde, by Richard Ellmann

Daily Book Excerpt: Biography Next biography on the biography shelf is Oscar Wilde, by Richard Ellmann Of late I have been studying with diligence the four prose poems about Christ. At Christmas I managed to get hold of a Greek … Continue reading

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The Books: Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, by Ron Chernow

Daily Book Excerpt: Biography Next biography on the biography shelf is Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., by Ron Chernow When history passes its final verdict on John D. Rockefeller, it may well be that his endowment of … Continue reading

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The Books: Isaac Newton, by James Gleick

Daily Book Excerpt: Biography Next biography on the biography shelf is Isaac Newton, by James Gleick Newton with his prism and silent face, The marble index of a mind for ever Voyaging through strange seas of Thought, alone. — William … Continue reading

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The Books: A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash, by Sylvia Nasar

Daily Book Excerpt: Biography Next biography on the biography shelf is A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar “I certainly knew right away that it was a thesis. I didn’t know it was a Nobel.” — David Gale, classmate of John … Continue reading

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The Books: The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family, by Mary S. Lovell

Daily Book Excerpt: Biography Next biography on the biography shelf is The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family, by Mary S. Lovell My mother has always lived in a dream world of her own and no doubt was even … Continue reading

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The Books: Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay, by Nancy Milford

Daily Book Excerpt: Biography Next biography on the biography shelf is Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay, by Nancy Milford “– oh, this was life! It was more than life, — it was art. I might pretend … Continue reading

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The Books: Marie Antoinette: The Journey, by Antonia Fraser

Daily Book Excerpt: Biography Next biography on the biography shelf is Marie Antoinette: The Journey, by Antonia Fraser Or consider that unutterable business of the Diamond Necklace. Red-hatted Cardinal Louis de Rohan; Sicilian jailbird Balsamo Cagliostro; milliner Dame de Lamotte, … Continue reading

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The Books: Lindbergh, by A. Scott Berg

Daily Book Excerpt: Biography Next biography on the biography shelf is Lindbergh, by A. Scott Berg We measure heroes as we do ships, by their displacement. Colonel Lindbergh has displaced everything. – Charles Evans Hughes, Secretary of State, responding to … Continue reading

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