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All a Novelist Needs: Colm Tóibín on Henry James (2010)

by Colm Tóibín

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...this is the value as a critic of Henry James: a novelist of great ability and prose style puts his mind to the work of Henry James, and he sees dimensions and directions not in the usual critical perspective. He sees the forces, both conscious and instinctive, that shape the act of writing fiction.

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The editor of this book, Susan M Griffin...is to be commended for the imaginative idea of creating this collection and for her introduction that effectively conveys the value of Tóibín's criticism. Her work has given us a book of essays on Henry James that is often original and always a pleasure to read.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0801897793, Paperback)

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.

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"This book collects, for the first time, Colm To ibi n's critical essays on Henry James. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his novel about James's life, The Master, To ibi n brilliantly analyzes James from a novelist's point of view. Known for his acuity and originality, To ibi n 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, To ibi n 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."--Publisher's description.… (more)

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