David Ellis - Author

About the Author

David Ellis's previous novels include Line of Vision (winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel) and The Hidden Man. An attorney from Chicago, he currently serves as Chief Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. He lives in Illinois.

Books by David Ellis

Perfidious Albion The story of Stendhal and British culture.

Perfidious Albion The story of Stendhal and British culture.

Author: David Ellis Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2018

High Moon Vol. 1 Bullet Holes and Bite Marks

High Moon Vol. 1 Bullet Holes and Bite Marks

Author: David Ellis Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2017

It's cowboys vs. werewolves in this thrilling horror series from the creators of THE ONLY LIVING BOY! The HarveyAwardWinning collection of the critically acclaimed webcomic series is reloaded and remastered. Bountyhunter Matthew Macgregor investigates a series of strange happenings in the dusty Texas town of Blest where drought has brought famine and hardship to most of the town and surrounding ranches. Unfortunately, that's the least of the town's worries! While the summer heat pushes the mercury toward further unbearable degrees during the day, the nights are haunted by strange unnatural creatures roaming the darkness. Macgregor, a former Pinkerton agent, seeks to uncover the town's dark secrets and tries desperately to keep his own past steeped in witchcraft and the supernatural hidden. At sundown... they'll be a showdown at High Moon.

High Moon Vol. 1 Bullet Holes and Bite Marks

High Moon Vol. 1 Bullet Holes and Bite Marks

Author: David Ellis Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/10/2017

It's cowboys vs. werewolves in this thrilling horror series from the creators of THE ONLY LIVING BOY! The HarveyAwardWinning collection of the critically acclaimed webcomic series is reloaded and remastered. Bountyhunter Matthew Macgregor investigates a series of strange happenings in the dusty Texas town of Blest where drought has brought famine and hardship to most of the town and surrounding ranches. Unfortunately, that's the least of the town's worries! While the summer heat pushes the mercury toward further unbearable degrees during the day, the nights are haunted by strange unnatural creatures roaming the darkness. Macgregor, a former Pinkerton agent, seeks to uncover the town's dark secrets and tries desperately to keep his own past steeped in witchcraft and the supernatural hidden. At sundown... they'll be a showdown at High Moon.

Love and Sex in D. H. Lawrence

Love and Sex in D. H. Lawrence

Author: David Ellis Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/02/2016

Frank Cioffi: The Philosopher in Shirt-Sleeves

Frank Cioffi: The Philosopher in Shirt-Sleeves

Author: David Ellis, Nicholas Bunnin Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/04/2015

A high school drop-out who served in the American army and then managed to slip into Oxford on the G.I. bill, Frank Cioffi gained a considerable public reputation in Freudian and Wittgensteinian circles. Frank Cioffi: The Philosopher in Shirt-Sleeves is an account of his conversation written in a Boswellian spirit, capturing the sharp intelligence, boisterous sense of humour and wealth of illustration Cioffi was able to bring to bear on life's biggest problems when he was, as it were, off-duty. Tackling subjects such as the unruly body, the challenge of art, dealing with failure, the lure of science, the meaning of life, our understanding of others, depression, the case for suicide, and death, David Ellis describes how a philosopher who was profoundly influenced by Wittgenstein dealt with general issues and creates a vivid impression of an unusual and gifted individual. This portrait is followed by a post-script in which Nicholas Bunnin, who worked in the philosophy department at Essex when Cioffi was a professor there, situates him in a more strictly academic context and discusses his less well-known essays on literary criticism and the behavioural sciences, arguing for Cioffi's potential to inspire those seeking a role for analytic philosophy within the broader scope of humanistic philosophy. A mixture of personal portrait and academic introduction, Frank Cioffi: The Philosopher in Shirt-Sleeves provides an elegant and enjoyable tribute to Cioffi as both man and philosopher.

The Last Alibi

The Last Alibi

Author: David Ellis Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Jason Kolarich has fought many cases. This time, he's fighting for his life. Jason Kolarich, defense lawyer, has it all. Until James Drinker walks into his office. Terrified he's being framed for murder, James is desperate for Jason's help. But as Jason investigates his client's story, it becomes clear that nothing about Drinker is what it seems. Unable to stop a serial killer without breaking his attorney-client oath, Jason must find out the truth, before he loses everything.

The Truth About William Shakespeare Fact, Fiction and Modern Biographies

The Truth About William Shakespeare Fact, Fiction and Modern Biographies

Author: David Ellis Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/09/2013

This is a polemical attack on how recent Shakespeare biographers have disguised their lack of information. How is it that biographies of Shakespeare can continue to appear when so little is known about him, and what is known has been in the public domain for so long? Why is it that a majority of the biographies published in the last decade have been written by distinguished Shakespeareans who ought to know better? This book attempts to solve this puzzle by examining the methods the biographers have used to hide their lack of knowledge. At the same time, by exploring efforts to write a life of Shakespeare along traditional lines, it asks what kind of beast biography really is and how it can ethically be approached. From this book, the reader can learn all that is directly known about Shakespeare. It exposes the lie of the Shakespeare biography industry where books marketed as biographies are nothing of the kind. It questions how we acquire our knowledge of other people and what an ethical expectation of a biography could be.

The Wrong Man

The Wrong Man

Author: David Ellis Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/09/2013

A young girl is murdered, executed with a single bullet through her skull. A homeless man, Tom Stoller, is arrested. He can't remember what happened on the night in question, but the evidence of his guilt stacks up around him. But for lawyer Jason Kolarich, the story just doesn't quite ring true. He digs deeper - and uncovers a conspiracy that extends far beyond this courtroom and Tom. The whole city is in danger, and he's running out of time.

Captive

Captive

Author: David Ellis Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2013

Memoirs of a Leavisite The Decline and Fall of Cambridge English

Memoirs of a Leavisite The Decline and Fall of Cambridge English

Author: David Ellis Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2013

In the second half of the last century, the teaching of English literature was very much influenced and, in some places, entirely dominated by the ideas of F. R. Leavis. What was it like to be taught by this iconic figure? How and why did one become a Leavisite? In this unique book, part memoir, part study of Leavis, David Ellis takes himself as representative of that pool of lower middle class grammar school pupils from which Leavisites were largely recruited, and explores the beliefs of both the Leavises, their lasting impact on him and why ultimately they were doomed to failure. At the heart of this book are questions about what English should and can be that are by no means finally settled.

D. H. Lawrence: Dying Game 1922-1930 D. H. Lawrence: Dying Game 1922-1930

D. H. Lawrence: Dying Game 1922-1930 D. H. Lawrence: Dying Game 1922-1930

Author: David Ellis Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/11/2011

Originally published in 1998, the final volume of the Cambridge Biography of D. H. Lawrence chronicles his progress from leaving Europe in 1922 to his death in Venice in 1930. Based on much previously unfamiliar material, it describes his travels in Ceylon, Australia, the USA and Mexico in an increasingly desperate search for an ideal community. With his return to Europe in 1925, there is a detailed account of his rediscovery of painting, his battle against censorship, and the vitality with which he resisted the debilitating effects of tuberculosis. Kangaroo, The Plumed Serpent and Lady Chatterley's Lover are usually seen as the literary landmarks of these years; but this was the period in which Lawrence also wrote remarkable novellas, essays, criticism, short stories and poems. He is revealed here as a man both more complex and more humorous than is usually allowed, and exemplary in his resolute grappling with the central problems of his age.

Breach of Trust

Breach of Trust

Author: David Ellis Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/10/2011

'The man with whom I was dining was a killer. And he was now feeling at ease, courtesy of a fake interview with a federal prosecutor, in which my fake legal memorandum, used to perpetrate a fraud, was being used to exonerate the two of us. I didn't know whom I could trust.' Trust no one. Jason Kolarich is investigating the murder of Ernesto Ramirez, a key witness in a criminal case that he tried. Jason had been pushing him for information, but all he got was the guy's death on his conscience. Who murdered Ramirez, and why? When the evidence leads to an obscure agency in state government, Jason is hood-winked into being a federal informant. The feds are desperate to build their case against the government, but Jason's got his own agenda. Will he be an asset to their case, or will he prove to be a live wire? In this riveting thriller Ellis relies on his experience and expertise to deliver a gritty tale of political corruption and murder at the highest levels of government.

Aging Facial Skin: Lasers and Related Spectrum Technologies, An Issue of Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics

Aging Facial Skin: Lasers and Related Spectrum Technologies, An Issue of Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics

Author: David Ellis Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/08/2011

Topics include: Skin histology, physiology, and pathology, aging; Laser wavelength interface with the skin; Photography for skin's surface ; CO2 ablative lasers; YSGG ablative lasers; Erbium ablative lasers; Photodynamic therapy; Treatment of Acne Scarring; Treatment of Skin Texture and Fine Line Etching; Cutaneous facial vascular lesions; Treatment of hyperpigmentation; Treatment of facial hair and body hair; RadioFreqency: Ellman; RadioFrequency: Thermage; Infrared (Titan); SmartLifting; Lasers in Latino skin; Lasers in Black skin; Lasers in Asian skin; Complications in the use of laser skin technologies.

Wordsworth, Freud and the Spots of Time Interpretation in 'The Prelude'

Wordsworth, Freud and the Spots of Time Interpretation in 'The Prelude'

Author: David Ellis Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2010

The passages in Wordsworth's Prelude known as the 'spots of time' have always been regarded as important and impressive but have seldom been satisfactorily explained. Whilst there is general agreement about how well they are written, there is none at all about what they might mean. David Ellis sets out to resolve this paradox and, since the passages which concern him deal with very private moments in Wordsworth's life and have an interest which is largely psychological, he considers how far a knowledge of Freud might be relevant to their understanding. His attempt to clarify what is at once the most intriguing and baffling aspect of Wordsworth's great autobiographical poem leads Ellis to make challenging suggestions about how the whole work should be read. This is a book for the student and general reader of Wordsworth as well as for specialists. It should also appeal to those with an interest in the nature of autobiography or the use (and the misuse) of psych-analytic concepts in literary interpretation.

The Hidden Man

The Hidden Man

Author: David Ellis Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2010

One hot summer night two-year-old Audrey Cutler was snatched from her bedroom and never seen again. Twenty-six years later, her brother, Sammy, fatefully crosses paths with the man the police failed to convict for her abduction and murder. A few weeks later, that man is murdered. Attorney Jason Kolarich, Sammy's childhood friend, is engaged to defend him. But can he trust the people who hired him? Why are they paying for Sammy's defence and why do they want the case heard so quickly, leaving Kolarich no time to prepare? Why, when Kolarich's investigations lead the police to a buried cache of children's bodies, do they kidnap his brother and threaten his life? As the clock ticks for both his brother and his childhood friend, Jason must discover the shocking truth in order to save them and, finally, to save himself.

D. H. Lawrence's Non-Fiction Art, Thought and Genre

D. H. Lawrence's Non-Fiction Art, Thought and Genre

Author: David Ellis, Howard Mills Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/07/2009

This is the first book devoted entirely to Lawrence's nonfictional writings. It focuses on a selection of representative texts, each of which is placed in an appropriate literary or historical context. These include the 'Study of Thomas Hardy', the two books about the Unconscious, the travel-writing - primarily Twilight in Italy and Sea and Sardinia - the largely autobiographical 'Introduction to Memoirs of the Foreign Legion by M. M' and the late 'thoughts in verse' called Pansies. David Ellis and Howard Mills challenge the automatic relegation to secondary status suffered by these works in the past and suggest a radical reassessment of Lawrence's literary profile of how his writings relate to one another and of where his greatest power and originality lie.

Outlines of Bacteriology (Technical and Agricultural)

Outlines of Bacteriology (Technical and Agricultural)

Author: David Ellis Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/02/2009

Outlines of Bacteriology (Technical and Agricultural)

Outlines of Bacteriology (Technical and Agricultural)

Author: David Ellis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2009

Medicinal Herbs And Poisonous Plants

Medicinal Herbs And Poisonous Plants

Author: David Ellis Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/10/2008

Death and the Author How D. H. Lawrence Died, and Was Remembered

Death and the Author How D. H. Lawrence Died, and Was Remembered

Author: David Ellis Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2008

At the heart of Death and the Author is a dramatic account of D. H. Lawrence's desperate struggle against tuberculosis during his last days, and of certain, often bizarre events which followed his death. Around this narrative David Ellis offers a series of reflections about what it is like to have a disease for which there is no cure, the appeal of alternative medicine, the temptation of suicide for the terminally ill, the diminishing role of religion in modern life, the institution of famous last words, the consequences of dying intestate, and so on. These are clearly not the most immediately appealing of topics but they have an obvious significance for everyone and the treatment of them here is by no means lugubrious (even if, in the nature of the case, most of the jokes fall into the category of gallows humour). Lawrence is the main focus throughout but there are extended references to a number of other famous literary consumptives such as Keats, Katherine Mansfield, Kafka, Chekhov, and George Orwell. Not a long book, Death and the author is divided into three parts called 'Dying', 'Death' and 'Remembrance' and is made up of twenty-two short sections. Although it incorporates a good deal of original material, the annotation has been kept deliberately light. The aim has been to combine the drama of events - a good story - with a consideration of matters which must eventually concern us all, and to present the material in a lively and accessible form.

Line of Vision

Line of Vision

Author: David Ellis Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2008

Investment banker Marty Kalish is a man with something to hide. But what exactly? When Marty arrives at the house of his married lover only to see her being brutally beaten by her husband, he breaks into the house, and the next thing he knows, he is hiding the body of the murdered husband. Marty does everything to conceal his tracks, but with the police on his tail and his lover, Rachel, in the frame, Marty confesses to the killing. Facing the death penalty, Marty assembles a small legal team and tries to find a way to save both himself and Rachel. But is everything as it seems? What is Marty really confessing to? What is he really guilty of? What really did happen on the night of the murder? Told through Marty's eyes, David Ellis's spellbinding narrative drives Line of Vision into areas of character where courtroom dramas rarely venture and, like all the best thrillers, keeps us waiting till the very last page to discover what actually happened.

Writing Home - Black Writing in Britain Since the War

Writing Home - Black Writing in Britain Since the War

Author: David Ellis, Josephine Wtulich, Witold Kula, Nina Assorodobraj-Kula Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/05/2007

When the SS Empire Windrush berthed at Tilbury docks in 1948 with 492 ex-servicemen from the Caribbean, it marked the beginning of the post-war migrations to Britain that would form part of modern, multi-cultural Britain. A significant role in this social transformation would be played by the literary and non-literary output of writers from the Caribbean. These writers in exile were responsible not just for the establishment of the West Indian novel, but, by virtue of their location in the Mother Country, were also the pioneers of black writing in Britain. Over the next fifty years, this writing would come to represent an important body of work intimately aligned to the evolving and contentious notions of 'home' as economic migration became a permanent presence. In this book, David Ellis provides in-depth analyses of six key figures whose writing charts the establishment of black Britain. For Sam Selvon, George Lamming, and E. R. Braithwaite, writing home represents a literature of reappraisal as the myths of empire-the gold-paved streets of London-conflict with the harsh realities of being designated an immigrant. The unresolved consequences of this reappraisal are made evident in the works of Andrew Salkey, Wilson Harris, and Linton Kwesi Johnson where radicalism in both political and literary terms can be read as a response to the rejection of the black communities by an increasingly divided Britain in the 1970s. Finally, the novels of Caryl Phillips, Joan Riley, and David Dabydeen mark an increasingly reflective literature as the notion of home shifts more explicitly from the Caribbean to Britain itself. Containing both contextual and biographical information throughout, Writing Home represents a literary and social history of the emergence of black Britain in the second half of the twentieth century.

D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love A Casebook

D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love A Casebook

Author: David Ellis Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/12/2005

Although D. H. Lawrence's stock has fallen in recent times there are now signs of a revival. Of all his works, Women in Love is widely regarded as the most complex and rewarding. Apart from the classic essay by Joyce Carol Oates, all the items collected in this volume were published after 1990. Written by scholars from the United Kingdom, France, Australia and Canada, as well as the United States, they illustrate both the way recent theoretical developments in literary studies can be made relevant to readings of Lawrence and the healthy persistence of traditional methods of analysis. They also reveal Women in Love as a twentieth century classic that continues to challenge its readers and refuses to be pigeonholed. College students will find this collection an invaluable aid in their efforts to come to terms with the novel and for those of their elders who admire Lawrence it will provide a convenient and interesting way of discovering the kind of reactions he has provoked in the last fifteen years. The collection also contains a photograph of the statuette that was quite clearly the inspiration of Lawrence's description of Loerke's Lady Godiva, along with a note from the scholar who has only very recently announced its discovery.

In the Company of Liars

In the Company of Liars

Author: David Ellis Format: eBook Release Date: 07/04/2005

In the Company of Liars is that rare animal - a truly original thriller, strikingly fresh and unpredictable. Told chronologically in reverse, from its enigmatic end to its brilliant beginning, its centered around a woman on trial for murder - Allison Pagone, who is caught between competing forces, each represented by someone who may not care if the pressure kills her in the end. A prosecutor wants Allison convicted and put on death row. An FBI agent believes she can squeeze her into ratting on her family. A daughter and an ex-husband need to save their own skins. And circling them all, a group who would prefer to kill her quietly and anonymously, but who also are not what they seem.Our first picture of Allison is in the moments after her death. Then the story moves backward in time like the acclaimed film Memento: an hour before, then a day, back and back until were at the beginning and can see whats really happened - and most shocking, what has not. At every turn, Allison knows what she sees may not be whats real. The only sure thing is her place in a vortex of half-truths, threat, and suspicion. When her nightmare is over, where will she be? In the company of friends - or the company of liars?

Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones (TV Soundtrack)

Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones (TV Soundtrack)

Author: David Ellis, Malcolm Hulke Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

'Inspector Gascoigne was murdered with a ray gun. A weapon that has not yet been developed on this Earth!' The TARDIS makes a hazardous return to 1960s Earth - materialising on a runway at Gatwick Airport! The Doctor and his friends realise that all is not well when Polly witnesses a murder, and then both she and Ben vanish. The authorities refuse to take the matter seriously - but when Polly reappears, why does she claim not to recognise her friends? Aided by the plucky Samantha Briggs, and helped and hindered by Inspector Crossland of Scotland Yard and the airport Commandant, the Doctor and Jamie piece together a number of clues. A sequence of mysterious events seems to centre around Chameleon Tours, whose package holidays are designed to entice young people to foreign shores. Just how far-flung are the horizons they offer, and why are none of their passengers coming back? Who are the faceless ones, and what hideously deformed creatures are involved in the operations being conducted at the airport medical centre? The Doctor believes that there's a connection between Chameleon Tours and the odd behaviour of key airport personnel - but in seeking to prove his theory, and rescue Ben and Polly, he becomes embroiled in a plot to steal the identities of thousands of young people.

Literary Lives Biography and the Search for Understanding

Literary Lives Biography and the Search for Understanding

Author: David Ellis Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2002

This book meditates on the nature of biography and the way biographers habitually explain their subjects' loves by reference to psychology, ancestry, childhood experience, social relations, the body, or illness.

Literary Lives Biography and the Search for Understanding

Literary Lives Biography and the Search for Understanding

Author: David Ellis Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2002

This book meditates on the nature of biography and the way biographers habitually explain their subjects' loves by reference to psychology, ancestry, childhood experience, social relations, the body, or illness.

Literary Lives Biography and the Search for Understanding

Literary Lives Biography and the Search for Understanding

Author: David Ellis Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/06/2000

Popular though biography is, it has as yet received very little critical attention. What nearly all biographies offer is an understanding of their subjects and an explanation of their behaviour. In this book David Ellis, author of the acclaimed third volume of the Cambridge biography of D H Lawrence, meditates on the nature of biography and the way biographers habitually explain their subjects' lives by reference to psychology, ancestry, childhood experience, social relations, the body or illness. Packed with examples and written in a lively, engrossing style, the aim of the book is to uncover the principles which biographers adopt in their efforts to make sense of others' lives whilst at the same time ensuring that their own narratives remain coherent. In exploring the methods of literary biographers and the ways in which they interpret the material they accumulate - from Dr Johnson to Jean-Paul Sartre - David Ellis is able to make challenging and highly valuable comments on biography in general. Although he chiefly draws on recent lives of writers such as Dickens, Henry James, Flaubert, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Graham Greene, George Orwell, W B Yeats and Hemingway, Professor Ellis also considers the biographies of such compelling, non-literary figures as Mozart, Picasso and Cezanne. With their focus on the understanding of other people as the main feature of biography, the informed and often humorous discussions in this book provide the ideal context for appreciating this fascinating literary form.

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