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The Master

by Colm Toibin

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Born into one of America's first intellectual families two decades before the Civil War, Henry James left his country and lived in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among the artists and writers of the day. In stunningly resonant prose, Tóibín captures vividly nineteenth-century European landscapes and the hope and despair of a man who never married, never resolved his sexual identity, and whose forays into intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love.


Tóibín is a great and humanizing writer who describes complex relationships in supple, beautifully modulated prose ( The Washington Post Book World ). In The Master , he has written his most ambitious and heartbreaking novel, an extraordinarily inventive encounter with a character at the cusp of the modern age, elusive to his own friends and even family, yet astonishingly vivid and moving here.

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‘This is an audacious, profound, and wonderfully intelligent book.
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Publication date: 21/01/2005
Publisher: Picador
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ISBN: 9780330485654
Publication date: 16/04/2004
Publisher: Picador
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780330485654
Publication date: 16th April 2004
Author: Colm Toibin
Publisher: Picador
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
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About Colm Toibin

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of eight novels including Blackwater Lightship, The Master and The Testament of Mary, all three of which were nominated for the Booker Prize, with The Master also winning the IMPAC Award, and Brooklyn, which won the Costa Novel Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. His most recent novel is Nora Webster. He lives in Dublin.

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