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The Year of Henry James: The Story of a Novel

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In 2004 three major novels featuring Henry James as a character were published - one of them went on to win the Booker Prize. It was not David Lodge's AUTHOR AUTHOR. In this fascinating new book, a kind of postscript to his novel, Lodge traces the conception, writing and publication of his book, and reveals with extraordinary candour and revealingly comic moments the poign ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 3rd 2007 by Penguin (first published 2006)
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Jan 08, 2010 David rated it it was ok
I'm confused. All the educational programs I see on my local public TV channel about the brain, or aging, or the aging brain (oh, boomer generation, you have a lot to answer for!), are unanimous: one of the few consolations of the whole built-in obsolescence that lies ahead is that our judgement should improve with age.

Apparently not in every case. Last year, the onset of late middle age spooked the normally sensible Julian Barnes into publishing the eructation of fatuously narcissistic bloviat
Feb 05, 2012 April rated it really liked it
This book is a great read for would-be writers, as Lodge does a masterful description of what it was like for him to conceive of an idea, spend years working on it, and---all unknowing--publish it in the same year as 3 other books on the same topic and in the same genre of biographical-novel-about-a-writer. Though a bit rendolent of sour grapes (one of the other books made the Booker short list that year), Lodge's description of the horror he felt when he found out about the other novels rang tr ...more
Mary Anne
Nov 14, 2010 Mary Anne rated it really liked it
This book is about 2004, when David Lodge's book Author, Author was the third among three books published that year on Henry James. And while some of this work is told from an inevitable position of defensiveness, it is also a tale of human emotion and behavior. The reader also gains insight into the world of publishing.
Really, it seems a wonder that this kind of thing doesn't happen more often. After all, how many original and interesting subjects are there? Add to that query the question of w
Nov 01, 2007 Sanjay rated it really liked it
Sometimes self-effacing, sometimes defensive, but always revealing of the plight of an author who finds that his book dealing with episodes in the life of the Master has been trumped -- both in terms of reviews and publication date -- by another novelist. The other essays and reviews, most of which have been published earlier, are equally incisive and readable, especially the one on Graham Greene's 'anxiety of influence'.
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Aug 03, 2011 Marie Bouteille rated it it was amazing
Dealing with the same topics as Author, Author, different writers' approach of writing, but in a different way. You don't feel that you're reading critics.
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Professor David Lodge is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of University College London. He is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, where he taught from 1960 until 1987, when he retired to write full-time.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, was Chairman of the Judges for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1989, and is the author of numerous works of li
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