Out on 07 March 2019

The Master

Colm Toibin

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2004 Nominee

Man Booker Prize

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07 March 2019
9781509870530
368 pages
Synopsis

With an introduction by award-winning novelist Tessa Hadley

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 Tóibín 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.

An audacious, profound, and wonderfully intelligent book.

Hermione Lee - Guardian

A marvel of lightly worn research and modulated tone.

John Updike - New Yorker