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Colm Tóibín

Author of Brooklyn

76+ Works 19,900 Members 833 Reviews 63 Favorited

About the Author

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy, Ireland in 1955. He studied history and English at University College Dublin, earning his B.A. in 1975. After graduating he moved to Barcelona for three years and taught at the Dublin School of English. In 1978 he returned to Dublin and began working on an show more M.A. in Modern English and American Literature. He wrote for In Dublin, Hibernia, and The Sunday Tribune. He became the Features Editor of In Dublin in 1981, and then a year later accepted the position of Editor for the Irish current affairs magazine Magill. His first book, Walking Along the Border, was published in 1987 and his first novel, The South, was published in 1990. He wrote for The Sunday Independent as a drama or television critic and political commentator. He writes regularly for The London Review of Books. He has written several other novels including The Story of the Night, The Blackwater Lightship, Brooklyn, The Testament of Mary, and Nora Webster. The Heather Blazing received the 1993 Encore Award and The Master received the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Stonewall Book Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. In 2015 he made The New Zealand High Profile Titles List with All The Light We Cannot See. He was short listed for the 2015 Folio Prize for his title Nora Webster. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Photo by Larry D. Moore, 2006 (Wikimedia Commons)

Series

Works by Colm Tóibín

Brooklyn (2009) 5,171 copies
The Master (2004) 3,087 copies
Nora Webster (2014) 1,453 copies
The Blackwater Lightship (1999) 1,435 copies
The Testament of Mary (2012) 1,367 copies
The Magician (2021) 864 copies
The Heather Blazing (1992) 819 copies
The Story of the Night (1996) 724 copies
House of Names (2017) 721 copies
Mothers and Sons: Stories (2006) 711 copies
The Empty Family: Stories (2010) 588 copies
The South (1990) 422 copies
Homage to Barcelona (1990) 256 copies
The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction (1999) — Editor — 149 copies
On Elizabeth Bishop (2015) 125 copies
Lady Gregory's Toothbrush (2002) 102 copies
A Guest at the Feast: Essays (2011) — Narrator, some editions — 80 copies
The Shortest Day (2020) 53 copies
Vinegar Hill: Poems (2022) 40 copies
New Writing from Ireland (1993) — Editor — 35 copies
The Use of Reason (2006) 20 copies
Long Island (2024) 12 copies
The Blackwater Lightship [2004 TV Movie] (2004) — Author — 11 copies
Dubliners (1990) 10 copies
Synge: A Celebration (2005) 10 copies
Ploughshares Spring 2011 (2011) 7 copies
The Trial of the Generals (1990) 7 copies
Surviving Ireland (2015) 6 copies
Seeing is Believing (1740) 6 copies
Pale Sister (2019) 5 copies
Beauty in a Broken Place (2004) 5 copies
Summer of '38 (2016) 4 copies
Richard Gorman (2005) 4 copies
Enniscorthy: A History (2010) — Editor — 3 copies
Čarobnjak 1 copy
Martyrs and Metaphors (1987) 1 copy
Sleep 1 copy

Associated Works

Persuasion (1817) — Introduction, some editions; Introduction, some editions — 28,399 copies
The Sun Also Rises (1926) — Introduction, some editions — 22,772 copies
The Portrait of a Lady (1881) — Afterword, some editions — 10,721 copies
Another Country (1962) — Introduction, some editions — 2,876 copies
The Golden Bowl (1904) — Preface, some editions — 2,732 copies
The Go-Between (1953) — Introduction, some editions — 2,304 copies
The Tunnel (1948) — Introduction, some editions — 2,220 copies
The Hour of the Star (1986) — Introduction, some editions — 1,981 copies
The Book of Evidence (1989) — Introduction, some editions — 1,543 copies
The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography (2007) — Introduction, some editions — 1,266 copies
Hadji Murat (1912) — Foreword, some editions — 1,074 copies
Captains of the Sands (1937) — Introduction, some editions — 870 copies
The Book of Other People (2008) — Contributor — 736 copies
De Profundis and Other Writings (1954) — Editor, some editions — 680 copies
Death in Spring (1986) — Introduction, some editions — 371 copies
Finbar's Hotel (1997) — Contributor — 319 copies
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (2003) — Contributor — 278 copies
Voices in the Evening (1961) — Introduction, some editions — 233 copies
The Art of the Novel: Critical Prefaces (1934) — Foreword, some editions — 215 copies
English hours (1905) — Foreword, some editions — 186 copies
First Folio: A Little Book of Folio Forewords (2008) — Contributor — 178 copies
The New York Stories of Henry James (2005) — Introduction, some editions — 152 copies
Brooklyn [2015 film] (2016) — Original book — 148 copies
Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation (2017) — Contributor — 118 copies
The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic (2020) — Contributor — 107 copies
AnimalInside (2010) — Introduction, some editions — 98 copies
Midsummer Nights (1702) — Contributor — 73 copies
Granta 135: New Irish Writing (2014) — Contributor — 72 copies
The Garden Party and Other Stories (2016) — Preface — 57 copies
Wonderlands: Good Gay Travel Writing (2004) — Contributor — 40 copies
New Irish Short Stories (2011) — Contributor — 21 copies
The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish Short Stories (2020) — Contributor — 18 copies
Jim Hodges: Love et Cetera (2009) — Contributor — 7 copies
Godenzonen : verhalen over mannen (1999) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Dublin Review 68: Autumn 2017 (2017) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Coming-of-Age
 
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BooksInMirror | 291 other reviews | Feb 19, 2024 |
A wonderfully fascinating book about gay lives and literature has been written by one of my favorite authors. One of the best things about this little book is that it explores gay lives through the reading and enjoyment of gay literature.
 
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jwhenderson | 3 other reviews | Feb 7, 2024 |
In this slim novel, the mother of Jesus reckons with her rage and grief over the death of her son after she flees in fear for her own life. She remembers him as a sweet, dependent child and the passionate, arrogant man he became, proclaiming himself the Son of God, and sealing his death warrant. In Toíbín’s imagination, Mary is transformed from the passive, beatific incidental figure of the Bible to a very human mother confounded by her son’s demagoguery, but nevertheless supporting him during his agonizing hours on the crucifix and dealing with her grief afterward and guilt for having fled for her personal safety. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013. Wonderfully narrated by Meryl Streep in the audio version.… (more)
 
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bschweiger | 108 other reviews | Feb 4, 2024 |
I expected much more. The main character is too passive; everything just happens to her (and most of it is good.) She is an Irish immigrant who has a good job and nice living quarters on her arrival, night classes that are paid for and she meets a really nice young man to boot.
 
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Members
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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Favorited
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