The Master

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The Master

By Colm Toibin

Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9780743250412, 338pp.

Publication Date: May 3, 2005

Description
Colm Toibin's beautiful, subtle illumination of Henry James's inner life ("The New York Times") captures the loneliness and hope of a master of psychological subtlety whose forays into intimacy inevitably fail those he tried to love.
Beautiful and profoundly moving, The Master tells the story of Henry James, a man born into one of America's first intellectual families who leaves his country in the late nineteenth century to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers. With stunningly resonant prose, The Master is unquestionably the work of a first-rate novelist: artful, moving, and very beautiful ("The New York Times Book Review"). The emotional intensity of this portrait is riveting.


About the Author
Colm Toibin is the author of seven novels, including "The Blackwater Lightship;" "The Master", winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; "Brooklyn", winner of the Costa Book Award; and "The Testament of Mary", as well as two story collections. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Toibin lives in Dublin and New York.


Praise For The Master

"The work of a first-rate novelist artful, moving and very beautiful."


-- The New York Times Book Review



"A spectacular novel."
-- Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones



"A gorgeous portrait of a complex and passionate man."
-- Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran



"Tóibín takes us almost shockingly close to the mystery of art itself. A remarkable, utterly original book."
-- Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours



"A marvel."
-- John Updike, The New Yorker



"A deep, lovely, and enthralling book that engages with the disquiet and drama of a famous writing life."
-- Shirley Hazzard, author of The Great Fire