The Master

The Master

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In January 1895 Henry James anticipates the opening of his first play, Guy Domville, in London. The production fails, and he returns, chastened and humiliated, to his writing desk. The result is a string of masterpieces, but they are produced at a high personal cost. In The Master Colm Toibin captures the exquisite anguish of a man who circulated in the grand parlours and palazzos of Europe, who was astonishingly vibrant and alive in his art, and yet whose attempts at intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love. It is a powerful account of the hazards of putting the life of the mind before affairs of the more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 28mm | 258.55g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 28. repr.
  • 0330485660
  • 9780330485661
  • 21,090

About Colm Toibin

Colm Toibin was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of four other novels, The South, The Heather Blazing, The Story of the Night and The Blackwater Lightship, which was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize. His non-fiction includes Bad Blood, Homage to Barcelona and The Sign of the Cross. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. He lives in more

Review Text

A remarkable novel about Henry James, the American novelist and a connoisseur of exile. "Colm Toibin takes us almost shockingly close to the soul of Henry James and, by extension, to the mystery of art itself. It is a remarkable, utterly original book" Michael Cunningham, author of )The Hours(show more