Jeffrey Meyers



Jeffrey Meyers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has recently been given an Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Thirty of his books have been translated into fourteen languages and seven alphabets, and published on six continents. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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Hemingway: A Biography

4.03 avg rating — 218 ratings — published 1982 — 12 editions
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Edgar Allan Poe: His Life a...

4.01 avg rating — 137 ratings — published 1992 — 6 editions
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Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography

3.70 avg rating — 151 ratings — published 1994
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Modigliani: A Life

3.63 avg rating — 88 ratings — published 2006 — 6 editions
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Orwell: Wintry Conscience o...

3.79 avg rating — 73 ratings — published 2000 — 3 editions
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The Genius and the Goddess:...

3.13 avg rating — 93 ratings — published 2009 — 7 editions
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Impressionist Quartet: The ...

3.65 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 2005 — 3 editions
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Somerset Maugham: A Life

3.61 avg rating — 66 ratings — published 2004 — 5 editions
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Inherited Risk: Errol and S...

3.65 avg rating — 49 ratings — published 2002 — 2 editions
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Joseph Conrad: A Biography

3.88 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 1991 — 3 editions
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“The Vegetable, or From President to Postman was inspired by the pervasive stupidity, gross cronyism and rampant corruption—in the Veterans Bureau, the Departments of Justice and the Interior—during the administration of the philistine president, Warren Harding, in the early 1920s.”
Jeffrey Meyers, Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography

“The gift of biblical wisdom, in other words, is not all about getting a privileged seat in God’s traffic control tower of the world. We don’t get to understand why things happen the way they do. We are mistaken if we think wisdom gives us that sort of insight.”
Jeffrey Meyers, Ecclesiastes Through New Eyes: A Table in the Mist

“Samuel Johnson once explained how alcohol compensated for sexual deprivation. When asked what he thought was the greatest pleasure in life, he replied: “Fucking; and the second was drinking. And therefore he wondered why there were not more drunkards, for all could drink tho’ not all could fuck.”
Jeffrey Meyers, Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography

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