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If You Like Colm Tóibín
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									Colm TóibínColm Tóibín
He’s written newspaper columns, travelogues, a history of the Irish Famine, and an examination of the Catholic Church in Europe, but Colm Tóibín is known primarily, in the words of one critic, as a novelist with “a spare style and compressed but powerful prose that owes as much to the American writer Raymond Carver as it does to any modern Irish writer.”

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Fact File

Colm Tóibín
Current Home:
Dublin, Ireland
Date of Birth:
May 30, 1955
Place of Birth:
Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland
St. Peter's College, Wexford; University College, Dublin, B.A. in English and history

*  Colm Tóibín's official web site

Tóibín's Latest

Selected Works

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								The Master, Author: 
								Colm Toibin.

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The Master
by Colm Toibin
In the tradition of Michael Cunningham's The Hours, Tóibín delves into the story of Henry James. "Tóibín has not only written a spectacular novel, he has found a way to pay tribute to Henry James. We should all be so lucky and so gifted," observes Lovely Bones author Alice Sebold of this daring literary experiment.

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								Heather Blazing, Author: 
								Colm Toibin, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
*  The South: A Novel (1990)
*  Homage to Barcelona (1990)
*  Heather Blazing (1992)
*  The Story of the Night (1996)
*  Love in a Dark Time (2002)
*  The Master (2004)

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If At First You Don't Succeed...

"My first novel was turned down by about 20 publishers over a period of two and a half years," Tóibín confesses in our exclusive interview. "Because my name is Irish and would not be familiar to English editors, one of them said: 'If she writes anything else, do let us know.' Slowly, very slowly, the books began to sell and be noticed."

An Early Inspiration

Favorite Writers and Reads

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								The Sun Also Rises, Author: 
								Ernest Hemingway.

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The Sun Also Rises
by Ernest Hemingway
"I read Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises when I was 16 or 17," Tóibín recalls. "I loved the glamour, the sour wisdom, and the range of characters. I had never thought of going to Spain, but the book made me love Spain and want to go there."

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								Things Fall Apart, Author: 
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Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe
"This reads like a ballad, and its procedures have the same melancholy inevitability as the words of a beautiful old song," Tóibín reflects as he tells us of one of his favorite books, Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Read our interview to learn more about Tóibín's favorite books, including:

*The Trial  by Franz Kafka
*The Enigma of Arrival  by V. S. Naipaul
*The Portrait of a Lady  by Henry James
*Pride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)  by Jane Austen, Carol Howard (intro.)
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