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by William Burroughs
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2010

A vibrant portrait of a Beat Generation icon, WILLIAM S BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN explores the brilliant and troubled world of one of our greatest authors.

2.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1999

Famous recluse J.D. Salinger has hidden from the world since "The Catcher in the Rye" took the world by storm.

3.

by Peter Ackroyd
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2006

World changing events in the late 18th century - from the French Revolution via American Independence - instigated a new movement in the art, literature and thinking of Britain: The Romantics.

4.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1969

A 90-minute color documentary on the life of the colossus of Big Sur at work, living and revisiting old haunts in Paris and Brooklyn, talking with such friends as Lawrence Durrell, Anais Nin, Alfred Perles, Brassai and Jakob Gimpel.

5.

by Don DeLillo
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1991

Film presented by author Don DeLillo, in which he explores the relationship between words and images, and between gunmen and the novelist, covering themes and events against which he sets his own fiction, including revolutions, natural disasters, toxic fall-out, plane crashes.

6.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1994

A 1994 documentary which goes on an imaginative tour from the Colorado grave where Dick is buried to the suburbs of California where he lived and worked. Talks to his ex-wives, friends and biographers - directed by Nicola Roberts for BBC Arena.

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by Hunter S. Thompson
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1978

Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood, also known as Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision, is a documentary film produced by BBC Omnibus in 1978 on the subject of Hunter S. Thompson, directed by Nigel Finch.

8.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2005

More than 40 years after his death, Hemingway is one of the most widely read and written about American authors. Many of his works are still in print, some in as many as 20 languages, including A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises and For Whom the Bell Tolls.

9.

by J.K. Rowling
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2007

This film follows J.K. Rowling from October 2006 - October 2007; the year in which she completed the final novel in the Harry Potter series: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.' The documentary features an intimate, personal look at a very private woman.

10.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2009

Documentary film looking at the poetry of W H Auden, revealing how it came not just from inspiration but from a rigorous scientific analysis of love itself.

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