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An international literary sensation, Colm Tóibín's brilliant and
profoundly moving novel tells the story of celebrated writer Henry
James. While delving back into James's past, the narrative's
present day takes place over the course of five significant years
in the author's life, during which he produced a sequence of major
novels that came into being at a high personal cost. In stunningly
resonant prose, Tóibín captures nineteenth-century European
landscapes and the loneliness and longing, 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. Time and again, James, a master of psychological subtlety
in his fiction, proves blind to his own heart. In The
Master, Colm Tóibín has written his most powerful novel, one
that enters the mind and soul of Henry James, the man and the
writer, to give us a true portrait of the artist.
From the Hardcover edition.