Search Results: "Miranda Seymour"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2008

"Creatively and entertainingly written family memoir."
Seymour (The Bugatti Queen: In Search of a Motor-Racing Legend, 2004, etc.) recalls her idiosyncratic father and the unbreakable bond he formed with his country estate. Read full book review >

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BUGATTI QUEEN by Miranda Seymour
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 14, 2004

"A stunning portrait, intriguing with unanswerable questions. (Photos throughout)"
The colorful, engrossing story of Helle Nice—exotic dancer, race-car driver, accused Nazi collaborator—told with considerable élan by biographer Seymour (Mary Shelley, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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MARY SHELLEY by Miranda Seymour
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An evocative, empathetic treatment of what was, in all senses of the word, a difficult life."
A new biography of the author of Frankenstein that aims to comprehend her character rather than assess or advance her literary standing. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"Seymour has captured that life splendidly. (Photographs)"
Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938), benefactor to and social catalyst of the Bloomsbury Group, has found in Seymour (Ring of Conspirators, 1989, etc.) a sharp eye and fine sense of irony to tell, for the first time, her side of the story (her memoirs, which appeared shortly after her death, were edited by her husband)—and it's an amazing one, including nearly every artist and writer in early 20th-century England. Read full book review >

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THE SUMMER OF '39 by Miranda Seymour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Appealing glimpses of the day's East Coast literary life (watch Edmund Wilson take a whipping), but credibility is strained as the psychology of characters is simplified to fit the tale that needs to be told."
Biographer (Robert Graves, 1995; Ottoline Morrell, 1993) Seymour offers the tale of one Nancy Brewster, whose unstable life is blown out of the water (and into an asylum) by the unscrupulous Isabel March, a character based on the poet Laura Riding. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"At a time when the biographical form is inspiring much-needed experimentation, Seymour's straightforward approach seems old- fashioned, although sturdy. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A competent but unimaginative life of the bardic English classicist, novelist, and poet. ``I could fall in love with my big toe if I wanted to,'' declared the contradictory Graves (18951985), notorious puritan and inveterate womanizer who held court for years at his home on the Spanish island of Majorca and is best known for his meditations on woman as muse in The White Goddess (1948), et al. Read full book review >

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THE MIRANDA by Geoff Nicholson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An existential revenge story offering a confession that doesn't beg forgiveness."
A former torture expert decides to walk the circumference of the Earth from the comfort of his own backyard. Read full book review >

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HEY, SEYMOUR! by Walter Wick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Another mesmerizing outing from the sultan of seek-and-find. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Gatefolds expose sudden calamities, eye-widening surprises, and—of course—fresh cascades of small toys, charms, beads, and found bric-a-brac in 10 teeming scenes. Read full book review >

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SEYMOUR BLEU by Catherine  Deeter
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"An edifying portrait of one of the ways an artist works. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Deeter (who illustrated Alice Walker's Finding the Green Stone, 1991, etc.) guides readers through an exploration of the artistic process. Read full book review >

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SEYMOUR HERSH by Robert Miraldi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"An important, long-overdue biography."
A deep biographical treatment of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is the scourge of those in power. Read full book review >

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AMANDA/MIRANDA by Richard Peck
FICTION
Released: March 11, 1980

"All in all, a gorgeously romantic, implausible affair comfy as eiderdown."
Peck has unearthed one of the hoariest of chimney-corner romantic devices—the wobbly course of love and intrigue when two young things of diverse origins and temperament look exactly alike and cross destinies; and he displays it here in late-Edwardian satin, with agile prose and a straight face. Read full book review >

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MIRANDA AND CALIBAN by Jacqueline Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Intriguing and impressive while remaining inextricable from its dramatic context."
In an eye-opening departure from her previous fantasy yarns (Poison Fruit, 2014, etc.), Carey reimagines the back story of Shakespeare's The Tempest as a tale of star-crossed lovers. Sort of. Read full book review >