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Author, Author - David Lodge

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Published: 2nd September 2004
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"A captivating new historical novel from one of our most successful popular literary novelists. In David Lodge's last novel, Thinks... the novelist Henry James was invisibly present in quotation and allusion. In Author, Author he is centre stage, sometimes literally. The story begins in December 1915, with the dying author surrounded by his relatives and servants, most of whom have private anxieties of their own, then loops back to the 1880s, to chart the course of Henry's 'middle years', focusing particularly on his friendship with the genial Punch artist and illustrator, George Du Maurier, and his intimate but chaste relationship with the American writer Constance Fenimore Woolson. By the end of the decade Henry is seriously worried by the failure of his books to 'sell', and decides to try and achieve fame and fortune as a playwright, at the same time that George Du Maurier, whose sight is failing, diversifies into writing novels. The consequences, for both men, are surprising, ironic, comic and tragic by turns, reaching a climax in the years 1894-5. As Du Maurier's Trilby, to the bewilderment of its author himself, becomes the bestseller of the century, Henry anxiously awaits

"Great skill is shown, and affection." * P.J. Kavanagh, The Spectator * "a work of immense sympathy" * Margaret Cook, New Statesman * "Not only does Lodge capture the kindliness and humour of the Master, but his novel is a rare portrait of friendship between men It enlarges the spirit as well as entertaining the heart and is a really fine novel." * Amanda Craig, New Statesman * " perceptive and moving marvellously illuminating" * Peregrine Worsthorne, New Statesman * "Stylistically genial and socially panoramic" * Boyd Tonkin, Independent *

ISBN: 9780436205279
ISBN-10: 0436205270
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 2nd September 2004
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.1  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.8
Edition Number: 1