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In 1895 Henry James's play "Guy Domville" failed on the London stage. The hapless James had hoped to make a fortune but instead moved to Rye in Sussex. There he was watchful and witty, relishing England whilst simultaneously regretting the New England he had left far behind.
"If Leon Edel's five-volume life of Henry James is the literary equivalent of a vast but perfectly articulated symphony, this novel can best be described as a series of brilliant études based on themes derived from it....Tóibín is remarkably successful in conveying the two most important facts about James. First, here was a writer totally dedicated to his art. Second, here was a writer who...brought to his depiction of human travails and torments a psychological understanding unsurpassed by any of his contemporaries."
Francis King, Literary Review, March 2004Review:
"[THE MASTER] is so beautifully imagined that I had the sensation as I read it of being in as close contact with James as I am when I'm ensconced in his sentences....Among Tóibín's many triumphs, perhaps his finest is the skill with which he conveys James's incessant longing for the consolation of work; no doubt he understands it. Tóibín's James is the opposite of pitiful. That's why the title of his book is so well-chosen...."
Craig Seligman, Bookforum, Summer 2004
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Book Description: Picador London, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. SIGNED FIRST PRINTING of the First edition of the author's most acclaimed and award winning work, inspired by the life of Henry James. Signed by Toibin on the title page, no dedication. NEW copy, bought at publication, stored in a low light book room. Perfect protected jacket. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-2710556358
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