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Tales from a Master's Notebook By Various

Tales from a Master's Notebook by Various

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A collection of stories from some of our best-loved writers, inspired by ideas found in Henry James's notebooks.

When Henry James died he left behind a series of notebooks filled with ideas for novels and stories that he never wrote.

Tales from a Master's Notebook Summary

Tales from a Master's Notebook: Stories Henry James Never Wrote by Various

A collection of stories from some of our best-loved writers, inspired by ideas found in Henry James's notebooks.

When Henry James died he left behind a series of notebooks filled with ideas for novels and stories that he never wrote. Now ten of our best contemporary authors and James enthusiasts have written new short stories based on these 'germs' of ideas. Differing dramatically in setting and style, these stories are modern interpretations of the richly suggestive and enticing notes that Henry James left behind, offering a fresh and original approach to a canonical literary author.

Professor Philip Horne, a renowned authority on Henry James, has edited and introduced this collection, which also includes transcripts of James's original jottings allowing readers to trace the raw ideas through to their modern-day interpretations.

Contains stories by Colm Toibin, Rose Tremain, Jonathan Coe, Paul Theroux, Amit Chaudhuri, Giles Foden, Joseph O'Neill, Lynne Truss, Susie Boyt and Tessa Hadley.

WITH A FOREWORD BY MICHAEL WOOD

Tales from a Master's Notebook Reviews

The short story should be a gem of bright, quick, vivid form -- Henry James * Notebooks *
[An] ingenious and entertaining collection... the stories could not be more varied in tone and approach, from Colm Toibin's beautifully measured "Silence"...to Amit Chaudhuri's bouncily rhythmical "Wensleydale"...the individuality of the entries does not preclude entertainment - there is much playfulness and not a little comedy here -- John Banville * Times Literary Supplement *
In this volume, the appreciation of his unwritten tales by eleven fine contemporary authors pays handsome dividends * Sydney Review of Books *
Wonderful short stories...It is fascinating to see how familiar writers such as Colm Toibin, Rose Tremain, Tessa Hadley and Lynn Truss match their own style to quintessentially Jamesian themes: a father who isn't who he appeared to be; a ghostly reminder of past loss; an affair that never quite caught fire. Each story is different, but the hand of the master is clearly detectable throughout, a gentle guide that shapes the telling. * Irish Times *
Henry James is as solitary in the history of the novel as Shakespeare is in the history of poetry -- Graham Greene

About Various

Henry James was born in New York in 1843 into a wealthy, eccentric, brilliant family. In his youth he travelled between Europe and America, studying in London, Paris, Geneva, Newport, Rhode Island and Bonn. He half-heartedly studied law at Harvard, which only confirmed his sense of his vocation: to read and write fiction.

His first novel, Watch and Ward, appeared in 1871 in The Atlantic Monthly. In 1875 James moved to Europe: Paris, then London, and later Rye in Sussex. Apart from his twenty completed novels and 112 short stories, James wrote plays, criticism, travel books, autobiographies - and a huge number of letters. He became a British citizen in 1915 and died in 1916.

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GOR008993388
9781784871475
1784871478
Tales from a Master's Notebook: Stories Henry James Never Wrote by Various
Used - Like New
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
2018-04-05
272
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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