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An international literary sensation, Colm Tóibíns brilliant and profoundly moving novel tells the story of celebrated writer Henry James. While delving back into Jamess past, the narratives present day takes place over the course of five significant years in the authors life, during which he produced a sequence of major novels that came into being at a high personal cost. In stunningly resonant prose, Tóibín captures nineteenth-century European landscapes and the loneliness and longing, the hope and despair of a man who never married, never resolved his sexual identity, and whose forays into intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love. Time and again, James, a master of psychological subtlety in his fiction, proves blind to his own heart. In The Master, Colm Tóibín has written his most powerful novel, one that enters the mind and soul of Henry James, the man and the writer, to give us a true portrait of the artist.

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Born into one of America’s first intellectual families two decades before the Civil War, Henry James left his country and lived in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among the artists and writers of the day. In stunningly resonant prose, Tóibín captures vividly nineteenth-century European landscapes and the hope and despair of a man who never married, never resolved his sexual identity, and whose forays into intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love.

Tóibín is “a great and humanizing writer” who describes complex relationships in “supple, beautifully modulated prose” (The Washington Post Book World). In The Master, he has written his most ambitious and heartbreaking novel, an extraordinarily inventive encounter with a character at the cusp of the modern age, elusive to his own friends and even family, yet astonishingly vivid and moving here.

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About the Author

Colm Tóibín is the award-winning author of five novels: The South, winner of the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literature Prize; The Heather Blazing, winner of the Encore Award for best second novel; The Story of the Night; The Blackwater Lightship, which was a finalist for the Booker Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and, most recently, The Master, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize.

His non-fiction includes Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border; Homage to Barcelona; The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe; and, most recently, Love in a Dark Time. He is also the co-author, with Carmen Callil, of The Modern Library: The 200 Best Novels in English Since 1950.

He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780771085840
Publisher:
Emblem Editions
Subject:
Literary
Author:
Toibin, Colm
Subject:
fiction;henry james;historical fiction;novel;irish;ireland;biographical fiction;21st century;literature;england;biography;historical;gay;writing;venice;literary fiction;london;contemporary fiction;irish literature;writers;irish fiction;19th century;litera
Subject:
itish literature;rye
Subject:
fiction;henry james;historical fiction;novel;irish;ireland;biographical fiction;21st century;literature;england;biography;historical;gay;writing;venice;literary fiction;london;contemporary fiction;irish literature;writers;irish fiction;19th century;litera
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050301
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.4 x .8 in .8 lb

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Product details 352 pages Emblem Editions - English 9780771085840 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Born into one of America’s first intellectual families two decades before the Civil War, Henry James left his country and lived in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among the artists and writers of the day. In stunningly resonant prose, Tóibín captures vividly nineteenth-century European landscapes and the hope and despair of a man who never married, never resolved his sexual identity, and whose forays into intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love.

Tóibín is “a great and humanizing writer” who describes complex relationships in “supple, beautifully modulated prose” (The Washington Post Book World). In The Master, he has written his most ambitious and heartbreaking novel, an extraordinarily inventive encounter with a character at the cusp of the modern age, elusive to his own friends and even family, yet astonishingly vivid and moving here.

From the Hardcover edition.

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