Author, Author by David Lodge

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A new literary, historical novel from the popular author of Therapy and Thinks.

The protagonist is the American novelist Henry James, and the focus is on James’s friendship with George Du Maurier, the famous Punch artist and illustrator, and on his literary middle years – the 1880s. Henry is seriously worried by the declining popularity of his books and decides to try his hand as a playwright. At the same time, George Du Maurier diversifies into writing novels. The consequences for both men are surprising, ironic, comic and tragic by turns. As Du Maurier’s Trilby, much to the bewilderment of its author himself, becomes the bestseller of the century, Henry anxiously awaits the first night of his make-or-break play, Guy Domville.

Thronged with vividly drawn characters, Author, Author presents a fascinating panorama of literary and theatrical life in late Victorian England, which in many ways, foreshadowed today’s cultural mix of art, commerce and publicity. But it is essentially a novel about authorship – about the obsessions, hopes, triumphs and disappointments of those who live by the pen.
 

About David Lodge

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David Lodge's novels include "Changing Places", "Small World", "Nice Work", and, most recently, "Thinks..." He has also written several books of literary criticism.
 
Published January 1, 2004 by SECKER. 389 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though the pace here is almost as stately as in those late novels, the effect is powerfully emotional as the book closes with the writer’s last moments and an authorial interpolation by Lodge expressing his love for James the artist—and the man.

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David Lodge's novel focuses on an unproductive period in Henry James's life.

Oct 10 2004 | Read Full Review of Author, Author

The Guardian

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Note too that Colm Tóibín, discovering that I was making a film about the pilgrimage to Santiago, revealed that he was writing a book on the same subject (not quite true - it was only one chapter of his book) and immediately wondered aloud if everyone else in the canteen were similarly engaged, a...

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The Guardian

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Author, Author by David Lodge Secker & Warburg £16.99, pp389 David Lodge packs a fair bit into the title of his homage in fiction to Henry James: 'Author!

Sep 12 2004 | Read Full Review of Author, Author

The Guardian

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James himself disparaged the historical novel, which he felt was bound to be either implausible or inartistic, but Lodge and Tóibín feel sensibly uninhibited by such strictures, or by the later James's demanding precepts of the novel as a unified dramatic "action".

Sep 04 2004 | Read Full Review of Author, Author

Suite 101

Lawrence's classic contains a very peculiar ending for an early 20th century novel.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Author, Author, his novel about a novelist, is the third title this year—following Colm Tóibín’s The Master ( 4 of 5 Stars Selection, Sept/Oct 2004) and Emma Tennant’s Felony—to feature Henry James as its protagonist.

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The New York Review of Books

In Author, Author, a part-fiction, part-biographical reconstruction of James’s later life, David Lodge has him say:.

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