An excerpt from Benjamin Taylor’s new biography of the great French writer
Marcel Proust went from dilettante to literary legend. Biographer Benjamin Taylor explains how.
An excerpt from Francine Prose’s new biography of the eminent art collector and socialite Peggy Guggenheim
Peggy Guggenheim: the bon vivant and tell-all memoirist who defied her family, took a thousand lovers, and forever changed the art world
Biographer Steven Gimbel Talks Us Through the Physicist’s Views on Religion, Israel, and (Yikes) His Theory of Relativity
Sociologist Pierre Birnbaum says it’s time Léon Blum—French Socialist, Zionist, wartime hero, and prime minister—got his due
An excerpt from Pierre Birnbaum’s new biography of the French titan
An excerpt from Steven Gimbel’s new biography of the great scientist follows his quest for a permanent position, through Zurich after 1909
In a new biography, Annie Cohen-Solal looks at the immigrant child who changed modern art
An excerpt from Annie Cohen-Solal’s new biography of one of the most influential American painters of the 20th century
An excerpt from a new biography of the great Israeli statesman, David Ben-Gurion
In a new biography, historian Anita Shapira deciphers Israel’s inscrutable founding father
In a new book, Rabbi David Wolpe examines what made the Jewish leader fallible and why, despite his bad behavior, he was great
In an excerpt from a new biography, the great showman asks, ‘What does music mean?’
The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.
An excerpt from a new analysis of King David, the biblical poet-hero
Known for right-wing politics, Vladimir Jabotinsky left an equally critical literary legacy. Hillel Halkin looks at it all.
The esteemed author talks about all the reasons the founder of psychoanalysis would have objected to a new examination of his life
An excerpt from a new biography of young Sigmund Freud explores how the Dreyfus Affair affected the thinker
An excerpt from a new biography of Vladimir Jabotinsky, the founder of right-wing Zionism