Nov 1, 2010 — They were married when they first met, but he kept her from leaving a party when he asked, "Must you go?" That simple question launched a 33-year relationship and serves as the title of biographer Lady Antonia Fraser's new memoir about her years with playwright Harold Pinter.
Sep 14, 2010 — When Alan Bennett checks his mother into a hospital for depression, he uncovers more than a few skeletons in the family closet. The British playwright's memoir dismantles the myth of the normal family in a resentful but tender tale of hardship and enduring love.
Jul 28, 2010 — The Daily Beast editor chats with Renee Montagne about the best things she's been reading lately. The focus this month: the perils and pleasures of the personal chronicle, whether it's on the Internet, in a diary, or in a juicy tell-all memoir.
Oct 18, 2005 — Professor and author James Shapiro talks about A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599. The book provides a look into the daily life of the playwright during a time of personal upheaval and prodigious creativity.
Nov 17, 2004 — How did Shakespeare become the greatest playwright in the world? Harvard Professor Stephen Greenblatt tackles that question in his new biography of the bard. Will In The World has been nominated for a National Book Award. Hear Greenblatt and NPR's Steve Inskeep.