by Colm Toibin
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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In January 1895 Henry James plans to open his first play, Guy Domville, in London.Production is down, and he turns around, punished and humiliated, at his desk.The result is a chain of masterpieces, but they are produced at great personal sacrifice.In The Master Colm Toibin captures the exquisite anguish of a man who was circulating in the great salons and palaces of Europe, who was surprisingly dynamic and alive in his art, and whose attempts at intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried of loveThis is a powerful account of the dangers of putting the life of the mind before the affairs of heart
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