JAMES ATLAS, GENERAL EDITOR
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it becomes part of our pleasure as well.” —Anne Stephenson, The Arizona Republic
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— The Atlantic Monthly
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New York Times Book Review.
Penguin 240pp. 978-0-14-303436-0 $14.00
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Sherwin B. Nuland
LEONARDO DA VINCI
The National Book Award winner “distills
one of the greatest minds ever into its pure
essence...truly awe-inspiring” (Time).
Penguin 176pp. 978-0-14-303510-7 $14.00
Roy Blount, Jr.
ROBERT E. LEE
“A compelling biography of a complicated
man and a reluctant soldier.”—Southern Scribe.
Penguin 224pp. 978-0-14-303866-5 $13.00
“Succinct, critical, and deeply skeptical of the
Napoleonic legend.”—The Atlantic Monthly.
Penguin 208pp. 978-0-14-303745-3 $14.00
“Reminds us how Julia Child taught us not
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—The New York Times Book Review.
Lipper/Viking 208pp. 978-0-670-03839-8 $19.95
“A timely update of the historical record, told as
an inspiring and unabashedly dramatic story of
an American heroine.”—The Seattle Times.
Penguin 256pp. 978-0-14-303600-5 $13.00
f ABRAHAM LINCOLN
“Excellent...benefits from the compression and
from the dramatic value of crisp wording and
sharpness of detail.”—The New York Times Book
Penguin 192pp. 978-0-14-311475-8 $14.00
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
“One of the best political biographers of our
time” (Los Angeles Times) deftly interweaves
the history of the civil rights movement with
King’s rise to fame.
Penguin 224pp. 978-0-14-303648-7 $13.00
R. W. B. Lewis
“[A] loving and unassumingly learned biog-raphy...Engaging.”— The New York Times Book
Penguin 224pp. 978-0-14-311641-7 $14.00
Available December 2009
“A thoughtful introduction to an important
and influential writer.”—Booklist.
Penguin 192pp. 978-0-14-303516-9 $14.00
Winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary
“[This] intelligent biography examines
Dickens’s life through his work....Superb and
Lipper/Viking 224pp. 978-0-670-03077-4 $19.95
“A stunning portrait of the disparate sides of
Mozart.”—The New York Times Book Review.
Penguin 192pp. 978-0-14-303773-6 $13.00
f MARTIN LU THER
“A perfect marriage of author and subject.”—
Penguin 224pp. 978-0-14-311430-7 $14.00
f JOAN OF ARC
“A compelling life story and a shrewd analysis of the mythical uses to which it has been
put.”—New York Times Book Review.
Penguin 208pp. 978-0-14-311397-3 $14.00
Bobbie Ann Mason
“[Mason] brings to the task a novelist’s eye
and the sensibilities of a Southern girl who
came of age in the 1950s.”—The San Diego
Penguin 192pp. 978-0-14-303889-4 $13.00
“Exceptionally successful.”—The New Yorker.
Penguin 208pp. 978-0-14-303772-9 $14.00
Ada Louise Huxtable
f FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
“An ideal match: Huxtable, the finest architecture
critic the United States has, takes on the willful
visionary Wright.”—San Francisco Chronicle.
Penguin 272pp. 978-0-14-311429-1 $14.00
“This is fine writing and suggests once again
that history and biography can best be restored
by the creative imagination.”— The New York
Times Book Review.
Penguin 160pp. 978-0-14-303480-3 $14.00
A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year
f MARCEL PROUST
“A tale of twentieth-century literature ‘par
excellence’ that White makes fun, accessible,
and insightful.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Penguin 176pp. 978-0-14-311498-7 $14.00
“A brilliant biography.”—The New York Times
Penguin 176pp. 978-0-14-303598-5 $14.00
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