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The Art Of The Novel Critical Prefaces (Paperback)

Author:  Henry/ Blackmur James Foreword By:  Colm Toibin Introduction:  Richard P. Blackmur
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0226392058
ISBN-13: 9780226392059
Sku: 217395529
Publish Date: 6/1/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 0.75T
Pages:  348
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This collection of prefaces, originally written for the 1909 multi-volume New York Edition of Henry James''s fiction, first appeared in book form in 1934 with an introduction by poet and critic R. P. Blackmur. In his prefaces, James tackles the great problems of fiction writing--character, plot, point of view, inspiration--and explains how he came to write novels such as "The Portrait of a Lady "and "The American." As Blackmur puts it, "criticism has never been more ambitious, nor more useful."The latest edition of this influential work includes a foreword by bestselling author Colm Toibin, whose critically acclaimed novel "The Master" is told from the point of view of Henry James. As a guide not only to James''s inspiration and execution, but also to his frustrations and triumphs, this volume will be valuable both to students of James''s fiction and to aspiring writers.
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This collection of prefaces, originally written for the 1909 multi-volume New York Edition of Henry James’s fiction, first appeared in book form in 1934 with an introduction by poet and critic R. P. Blackmur. In his prefaces, James tackles the great problems of fiction writing—character, plot, point of view, inspiration—and explains how he came to write novels such as The Portrait of a Lady and The American. As Blackmur puts it, “criticism has never been more ambitious, nor more useful.”

The latest edition of this influential work includes a foreword by bestselling author Colm Tóibín, whose critically acclaimed novel The Master is told from the point of view of Henry James. As a guide not only to James’s inspiration and execution, but also to his frustrations and triumphs, this volume will be valuable both to students of James’s fiction and to aspiring writers.

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Henry James
Henry James was born into a wealthy Irish-American family who settled mainly in New York City's Greenwich Village and in Albany, New York, but lived and traveled extensively in Europe while Henry was growing up. Educated at a variety of schools in the U.S. and abroad, Henry spent a year at Harvard Law School, which he loathed, and used his time haunting the library and attending James Russell Lowell's lectures at Harvard College. Soon after, he began publishing short stories and reviews. When he was in his late teens, he spent much of his time on his own in Europe--chiefly England, France, and (his favorite) Italy--and, as he approached his 30s he became a virtual resident of Europe, returning to the U.S. only for brief periods. James became increasingly successful, wealthy, and respected as a writer of fiction and as a critic; his brilliantly insightful prefaces to his novels have influenced many writers. His attempts to write plays were all sad failures: To be a successful dramatist was a lifelong dream for James, but he seemed to lack the ability to dramatize action anywhere but on the printed page. In 1896 he settled at Lamb House, in Sussex, where he lived until his death in 1916. Reactions to James's work range from scorn and impatience (H. G. Wells called him "a hippopotamus resolved at any cost...upon picking up a pea") to reverence. Despite his increasing mannered and challenging style, James's work endures as great literature because of his humane sensibility, his insight into American and European culture, his moral clarity, his delicate wit, and the lucid subtlety of his language.

Irish writer Colm Tibn began as a journalist, writing about politics and culture for various publications, and has also written several books of nonfiction, but he has made his reputation as a novelist. THE BLACKWATER LIGHTSHIP, his fourth work of fiction, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999; his 2003 novel about Henry James, THE MASTER, was critically acclaimed and a bestseller. An immensely versatile writer, Tibn has also edited a collection of gay and lesbian work and written a life of Lady Gregory, and in 2004 his first play, about Sean O'Casey, was produced in Dublin.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0348
Product attributePublisher:   University of Chicago Press
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