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Author, Author

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Novelist Henry James looks back at his life and reflects on his friendships and rivalries, and his literary triumphs and failures.
Publisher: London : Secker & Warburg, 2004
ISBN: 9780436205279
0436205270
Characteristics: 389 p

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Sep 28, 2014

"We work in the dark-we do what we can-we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art."-Henry James, "The Middle Years"
Henry James was perhaps the first American author to totally devote himself to the art of fiction and believed that it was just as important, if not more so, than making money or having a job. His books remain intimidating for the novice reader: dense, wordy, plunged into the psychology of his characters. You could make the argument that his books are proto-stream of consciousness (a term his brother William coined) and that he stands as the first truly modern novelist. This witty, smart, and moving book by writer and critic David Lodge is a novel about James, focusing on his time in London and his unsuccessful attempts to become a playwright, the nadir of which was being booed on stage after the premier of "Guy Domville." It is both a rich and subtle portrait of James and of the Later Victorian era, full of fellow authors like Shaw, Wells (whom Lodge also wrote a novel about), Wilde, Sargent, and James's good friend, the artist and writer George Du Maurier. Indeed, their friendship is the heart of the novel. One of the best fiction books written about an author.

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