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The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald: An Endearing Record of His First Loves from His Secret Boyhood Diary
The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald: An Endearing Record of His First Loves from His Secret Boyhood Diary

A lesson on self-awareness without self-consciousness.

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Jane Austen on Creative Integrity
Jane Austen on Creative Integrity

How to defend your creative vision against commercial pressure with graciousness, honor, and unflinching conviction.

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The Raven: Lou Reed’s Adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe, Illustrated by Italian Artist Lorenzo Mattotti
The Raven: Lou Reed’s Adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe, Illustrated by Italian Artist Lorenzo Mattotti

A graphic novel “meant to be heard in the mind.”

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Voltaire on the Perils of Censorship, the Freedom of the Press, and the Rewards of Reading
Voltaire on the Perils of Censorship, the Freedom of the Press, and the Rewards of Reading

“The man of taste will read only what is good; but the statesman will permit both bad and good.”

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The Geography of Great Literature, in Hand-Lettered Typography
The Geography of Great Literature, in Hand-Lettered Typography

Twain, Didion, Thoreau, White, McCarthy, Eugenides.

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Neil Gaiman Reads Charles Dickens’s Original Performance Script for “A Christmas Carol”
Neil Gaiman Reads Charles Dickens’s Original Performance Script for “A Christmas Carol”

“No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.”

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Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize Interview: Writing, Women, and the Rewards of Storytelling
Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize Interview: Writing, Women, and the Rewards of Storytelling

“I want my stories to move people … to feel some kind of reward from the writing.”

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The Creative Pace of the 20th Century’s Greatest Authors, Visualized
The Creative Pace of the 20th Century’s Greatest Authors, Visualized

A visual taxonomy of lives and literary greatness.

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Europe, America, Utopia: Calvino on Hemingway
Europe, America, Utopia: Calvino on Hemingway

“In Hemingway one finds almost all of what was meant by America.”

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Moleskine Celebrates 100 Years of Swann’s Way: Illustrated Portraits of Ira Glass, Rick Moody, and Others Reading Proust
Moleskine Celebrates 100 Years of Swann’s Way: Illustrated Portraits of Ira Glass, Rick Moody, and Others Reading Proust

In search of lost time in pen and ink.

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