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This fictional portrait of Henry James covers five years in James' life beginning with the disastrous opening night of his play 'Guy Domville' in London. This humiliation made him concentrate his talents on fiction and the course of the novel shows James becoming 'The Master' of his craft. There is only one scene of sexual experience for young Henry, but Oscar Wilde appears throughout the novel as an example of someone who has unashamedly given himself over to eroticism. Henry James, however, remains a pillar of suppression, avoidance and renunciation.
This Picador Classic edition has a new introduction by Tessa Hadley
Paperback, 359 Pages, Orig. Published 2004, This Edition Publ. 2019
Author: Colm Toibin