|Author, Author (2004) [Novel]|
by David Lodge
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(From the publisher):
Framed by a dramatic and moving account of Henry James
's last illness, Author, Author
begins in the early 1880s, describing James's friendship with the genial Punch artist George Du Maurier and his intimate but problematic relationship with fellow American novelist Constance Fenimore Woolson. At the end of the decade Henry, worried by the failure of his books to sell, resolves to achieve fame and fortune as a playwright while Du Maurier diversifies into writing novels. The consequences that ensue mingle comedy, irony, pathos and suspense. As Du Maurier's novel Trilby
becomes the bestseller of the century, Henry anxiously awaits the opening night of his make-or-break play, Guy Domville
. This event, on January 5, 1895, and its complex sequel, form the climax to Lodge's novel.
Original title: Author, Author
Genre: Fiction→ Historical
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Humor