All a Novelist Needs: Colm Tóibín on Henry James

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This book collects, for the first time, Colm Tóibín’s critical essays on Henry James. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his novel about James's life, The Master, Tóibín brilliantly analyzes James from a novelist's point of view.

Known for his acuity and originality, Tóibín is himself a master of fiction and critical works, which makes this collection of his writings on Henry James essential reading for literary critics. But he also writes for general readers. Until now, these...

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Overview

This book collects, for the first time, Colm Tóibín’s critical essays on Henry James. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his novel about James's life, The Master, Tóibín brilliantly analyzes James from a novelist's point of view.

Known for his acuity and originality, Tóibín is himself a master of fiction and critical works, which makes this collection of his writings on Henry James essential reading for literary critics. But he also writes for general readers. Until now, these writings have been scattered in introductions, essays in the Dublin Times, reviews in the New York Review of Books, and other disparate venues.

With humor and verve, Tóibín approaches Henry James’s life and work in many and various ways. He reveals a novelist haunted by George Eliot and shows how thoroughly James was a New Yorker. He demonstrates how a new edition of Henry James’s letters along with a biography of James’s sister-in-law alter and enlarge our understanding of the master. His "Afterword" is a fictional meditation on the written and the unwritten.

Tóibín’s remarkable insights provide scholars, students, and general readers a fresh encounter with James’s well-known texts.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Irish Times

The book does not disappoint. The essays may be incidental—reviews, introductions, lectures—but each conveys a sense of Tóibín’s deep engagement with his subject and his writer's way with words.

Essays in Criticism
Informative to read.

— Bernard Richards

Chronicle of Higher Education - Jay Parini

Anyone interested in Tóibín's process of transforming the life of James into a novel of immense subtlety should look carefully at a recent volume of essays.

Essays in Criticism - Bernard Richards

Informative to read.

Irish Times

The book does not disappoint. The essays may be incidental -- reviews, introductions, lectures -- but each conveys a sense of Tóibín's deep engagement with his subject and his writer's way with words.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801897795
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Edition description: 20
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 969,214
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan M. Griffin is a professor of English at the University of Louisville and editor of the Henry James Review.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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