Three Big Biographies | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2018

Dery, Mark. Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey. Little, Brown. Nov. 2018. 496p. ISBN 9780316188548. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780316451079. BIOGRAPHY He had over 20,000 books and six cats, roomed with Frank O'Hara at Harvard, wore full-length fur coats and a full-length Edwardian beard, attended virtually every performance of the New York City Ballet, and created delightfully creepy illustrations that graced over 100 books, including adaptations of works by Samuel Beckett, T.S. Eliot, Bram Stoker, and more. Yes, it’s the one and only Edward Gorey in a full-scale biography by cultural critic Dery, drawing on interviews with Gorey admirers ranging from John Ashbery to Lemony Snicket. With a 30,000-copy first printing. Lamster, Mark. The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century. Little, Brown. Nov. 2018. 448p. ISBN 9780316126434. $35. BIOGRAPHY The first recipient of the Pritzker Prize and the Museum of Modern Art’s founding architectural curator, Philip Johnson was one of America’s most distinguished architects—even if you can’t put his name with a building, you’ll know his famous don’t-throw-stones Glass House in New Canaan, CT, and eyebrow-raising AT&T Building in New York. Award-winning architectural critic/historian Lamster details the life and aesthetics of a powerfully influential and supremely complicated individual. With a 35,000-copy first printing. Roberts, Andrew. Churchill: Walking with Destiny. Viking. Nov. 2018. 1088p. ISBN 9781101980996. $40; ebk. ISBN 9781101981016. Downloadable. BIOGRAPHY Having read all of Winston Churchill’s letters and studied newly available materials that include diaries, transcripts of war cabinet meetings, and detailed notes taken by the king after their biweekly meetings, Wolfson and Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Roberts reassesses the great war leader, offering fresh insight into his motivations and showing what we can still learn from him today. With a conservative take, underlining Churchill’s management skills; a 19-event lecture tour.

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