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    DescriptionThis book collects, for the first time, Colm Toibin's critical essays on Henry James. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his novel about James's life, The Master, Toibin brilliantly analyzes James from a novelist's point of view. Known for his acuity and originality, Toibin is himself a master of fiction and critical works, which makes this collection of his writings on Henry James essential reading for literary critics. But he also writes for general readers. Until now, these writings have been scattered in introductions, essays in the Dublin Times, reviews in the New York Review of Books, and other disparate venues. With humor and verve, Toibin approaches Henry James's life and work in many and various ways. He reveals a novelist haunted by George Eliot and shows how thoroughly James was a New Yorker. He demonstrates how a new edition of Henry James's letters along with a biography of James's sister-in-law alter and enlarge our understanding of the master. His "Afterword" is a fictional meditation on the written and the unwritten. Toibin's remarkable insights provide scholars, students, and general readers a fresh encounter with James's well-known texts.


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    Title
    All a Novelist Needs
    Subtitle
    Colm Toibin on Henry James
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Colm Toibin, Edited by Susan M. Griffin, Introduction by Susan M. Griffin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801897795
    ISBN 10: 0801897793
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
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    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB, 2AB
    B&T Approval Code: C26104601
    BISAC V2.8: LIT006000, LIT004130
    LC classification: PS2124 .T585 2010
    Thema V1.0: DSK, DSBF
    Publisher
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    29 October 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Susan M. Griffin is a professor of English at the University of Louisville and editor of the Henry James Review.
    Review quote
    The book does not disappoint. The essays may be incidental-reviews, introductions, lectures-but each conveys a sense of Toibin's deep engagement with his subject and his writer's way with words. Irish Times 2010 Anyone interested in Toibin's process of transforming the life of James into a novel of immense subtlety should look carefully at a recent volume of essays. -- Jay Parini Chronicle of Higher Education