The Year of Henry James : The Story of a Novel, Paperback Book

The Year of Henry James : The Story of a Novel Paperback

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In 2004 three major novels featuring Henry James as a character were published - one of them went on to win the Booker Prize.

It was not David Lodge's AUTHOR AUTHOR. In this fascinating new book, a kind of postscript to his novel, Lodge traces the conception, writing and publication of his book, and reveals with extraordinary candour and revealingly comic moments the poignancy and indeed anguish of discovering too late that others were working on the same subject, and the odd feelings of rivalry and jealousy that this engendered.

The result is a wonderfully comic work with serious psychological and literary insights which suggestsnothing less than a short story by the Great Master, James, himself.


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There are several pieces collected together here, the main one recounting Lodge's experience of writing and publishing Author, author, his novel about Henry James. Unfortunately for Lodge, his novel was published shortly after another on Henry James in a year when there was a flood of titles on the author. Lodge is quite frank about his reaction to the news and it makes for very interesting reading. The other pieces in the collection are also enjoyable - for me the one on George Eliot in particular.

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