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The Babbington Press has begun reissuing the Personal History in hardcover, paperback, and ePub.


“Perhaps the most ambitious and rewarding literary enterprise of our time. . . . Even when you find yourself laughing aloud, it would be a mistake to take Eric Kraft lightly.”

Andrew Ervin, The San Francisco Chronicle


The Personal History seems to be the memoirs and collected works of Peter Leroy, who tells an alternative version of his life story; explores the effect of imagination on perception, memory, hope, and fear; holds a fun-house mirror to scenes of life in the United States; ruminates upon human consciousness; and prods and probes the painful world of time and place in search of the niches where hilarity hides.


“Kraft’s imagination, like Leroy’s, is endlessly fertile, not merely in its creations but in its connections, as well, so that each apparently innocent anecdote chimes with Kraft’s broader theme of the imagined life, of its thrilling, enhancing, and ultimately dangerous connection to the real.”

Claire Messud, Newsday


The first two volumes, Little Follies and Herb ’n’ Lorna, are available now. We will release the other eight perviously-published volumes at intervals throughout 2018.


“Eric Kraft has spent his writing career creating a series of comic masterpieces . . . and am I ever glad he did. . . . The books can be read in any order, but be warned: Once you start the series, you won’t want to read anything else until you finish them all.”

Nancy Pearl, Book Lust


On April 16, 2018, we will publish the eleventh novel in the Personal History, Albertine’s Overcoat.


Available Now


Herb ’n’ Lorna

(A Love Story)


Herb 'n' Lorna Cover



Little Follies

(A Novel in Nine Novellas)

Little Follies Cover



Coming April 16, 2018


Albertine’s Overcoat

(A Novel)

Albertine's Overcoat Cover


Coming Later in 2018


Reservations Recommended

Where Do You Stop?

What a Piece of Work I Am

At Home with the Glynns

Leaving Small’s Hotel

Inflating a Dog

Passionate Spectator



Read an Introduction to the Personal History, Adventures, Experiences & Observations of Peter Leroy (a pdf document).

Cover of the Introduction


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