The Typewriter's Tale by Michiel Heyns
A Novel

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Though she isn’t the strongest protagonist and the fiction and nonfiction elements don’t fully mesh, fans of James will find a compelling take on his private life.
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“Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to.”

This is the maxim of celebrated author Henry James and one which his typist Frieda Wroth tries to live up to. Admiring of the great author, she nevertheless feels marginalized and undervalued in her role. But when the dashing Morton Fullerton comes to visit, Frieda finds herself at the center of an intrigue every bit as engrossing as the novels she types, bringing her into conflict with the flamboyant Edith Wharton, and compromising her loyalty to James.

The Typewriter’s Tale by Michiel Heyns is a thought-provoking novel on love, art and life fully lived.

 

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MICHIEL HEYNS is Professor Emeritus in English at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Author of numerous academic works and radio adaptations of Henry James's and Elizabeth Gaskell's novels, Heyns wrote the chapter on Henry James for the Cambridge Companion to English Novelists. He is winner of the Thomas Pringle Award for journalism 2007, and the Sol Plaatje Award for translation, 2008 and was winner of the Sunday Times Fiction Award 2012 for his novel Lost Ground.
 
Published February 28, 2017 by St. Martin's Press. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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on Aug 24 2017

Though she isn’t the strongest protagonist and the fiction and nonfiction elements don’t fully mesh, fans of James will find a compelling take on his private life.

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