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The Master by Colm Toibin (Paperback, 2005)

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The Master by Colm Toibin 

It is January 1895 and Henry James's play, Guy Domville, from which he hoped to make a fortune, has failed on the London stage.

The Master opens with this disaster and takes the writer through the next five years, as he moved to Rye in Sussex having found his dream retreat, and as he wrote his short masterpiece, The Turn of the Screw, in which he used so much of his own life as an exile in England and a member of one of the great eccentric American families.

He is impelled by the need to work, and haunted by sections of his own past, including his failure to fight in the American Civil War, and the golden summer of 1865, and the death of his sister Alice. He is watchful and witty, relishing the England in which he has come to live and regretting the New England he has left. 

About the Author

Colm Toibin was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of four highly acclaimed novels, including The Blackwater Lightship, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999. His non-fiction includes Bad Blood, Homage to Barcelona and The Sign of the Cross. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. In 1995 he won the E M Forster prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Dublin.

Format: Paperback | 372 pages

Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13 x 2.2 | 314g

Publication Date: 01 Feb 2005

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia

Imprint: Picador

Publication City/Country: Sydney, Australia

Language: English

Edition Number: 1

ISBN10: 0330421514

ISBN13: 9780330421515

Condition: Good

A book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover including minor scuff marks and creasing along the edges, and the insides of both the front and back covers have discoloured significantly, but no holes or tears. The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing. No pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. A small strip has been cut off from the top of the first page, but no other tearing anywhere else in the book. No missing pages. Still a clean, solid, and readable copy.