The Master - Picador Classic (Paperback)Colm Toibin (author)
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Toibin’s monumental portrait of Henry James’ creative Indian Summer is a profound meditation on the nature of genius and the perils of prizing intellectual activity over emotional connection. With psychological acuity, Toibin examines the eponymous literary master’s flaws and contradictions in lyrical prose.
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 heart.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 23 mm
'An audacious, profound, and wonderfully intelligent book.' - Hermione Lee * The Guardian
'A marvel of lightly worn research and modulated tone.' - John Updike, The New Yorker
'A must read. Colm Toibin has not only written a spectacular novel he has found a way to pay tribute to Henry James. We should all be so gifted and so lucky.' - Alice Sebold