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Author, Author [Anglais] [Relié]

David Lodge
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2 septembre 2004
In David Lodge's last novel, Thinks... the novelist Henry James was invisibly present in quotation and allusion. In Author, Author he is centre stage, sometimes literally. The story begins in December 1915, with the dying author surrounded by his relatives and servants, most of whom have private anxieties of their own, then loops back to the 1880s, to chart the course of Henry's 'middle years', focusing particularly on his friendship with the genial Punch artist and illustrator, George Du Maurier, and his intimate but chaste relationship with the American writer Constance Fenimore Woolson. By the end of the decade Henry is seriously worried by the failure of his books to 'sell', and decides to try and achieve fame and fortune as a playwright, at the same time that George Du Maurier, whose sight is failing, diversifies into writing novels. The consequences, for both men, are surprising, ironic, comic and tragic by turns, reaching a climax in the years 1894-5. As Du Maurier's Trilby, 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, some of them with famous names, others recovered from obscurity, 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, dreams, triumphs and disappointments, of those who live by the pen - with, at its centre, an exquisite characterisation of one writer, rendered with remarkable empathy. (2003-10-17)

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Revue de presse

"Great skill is shown, and affection." (P.J. Kavanagh, The Spectator 2004-12-17)

"a work of immense sympathy" (Margaret Cook, New Statesman 2004-12-17)

"Not only does Lodge capture the kindliness and humour of the Master, but his novel is a rare portrait of friendship between men It enlarges the spirit as well as entertaining the heart and is a really fine novel." (Amanda Craig, New Statesman 2004-12-17)

" perceptive and moving marvellously illuminating" (Peregrine Worsthorne, New Statesman 2004-12-17)

"Stylistically genial and socially panoramic" (Boyd Tonkin, Independent 2004-12-21)

Biographie de l'auteur

David Lodge's novels include Changing Places, Small World, Nice Work, Therapy and, most recently, Thinks... He has also written stage plays and screenplays, and several books of literary criticism, including The Art of Fiction, The Practice of Writing, and Consciousness and the Novel. (2003-10-17)

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  • Relié: 400 pages
  • Editeur : Secker; Édition : 1st Edition, Second Impression (2 septembre 2004)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0436205270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0436205279
  • Dimensions du produit: 23,6 x 15,2 x 4 cm
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Grâce à Lodge, un Henry James ultra touchant! 27 juin 2006
Par Gaëlle TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS VOIX VINE
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Voici un très bon livre par un excellent auteur britannique, contemporrain, qui s'est un peu spécialisé dans les romans dits "academics", c'est à dire qui parlent d'universitaires, souvent des deux côtés de l'Atlantique.

Ici, rien de tout cela, puisque Lodge s'est attaqué à un monument de la littérature anglo saxonne, Henry James.

James a vécu au 19ème siècle, et a notamment écrit Portrait de Femme, Ce que savait Maisy, les ambassadeurs, les ailes de la colombe etc...

Il a eu du succès (un peu) au début de sa carrière, puis s'est retrouvé dépassé par des auteurs bien plus commerciaux que lui.

Lodge s'intéresse à l'époque de sa vie où James s'est imaginé renouer avec le succès en écrivant du théatre, et nous le suivons donc dans le processus de création, de déceptions, d'espoirs et d'amitiés littéraires.

Ce roman est tout d'abord extrèmement bien écrit et surtout très très drôle.

De plus, c'est une très belle réflexion sur ce qu'est un artiste, dans quelle mesure il est prisonnier de son succès et/ou de son manque de succès, et il donne (redonne) envie de lire du Henry James.

Il est amusant et aussi ironique de constater que la majorité des auteurs dont il est question dans ce roman, plus "successful" que James sont tombés dans l'oubli...alors que lui-même, si peu reconnu de son vivant, était envieux de tous ces auteurs à succès.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Instructif et distrayant 15 juillet 2010
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Après un début un peu long, un récit passionnant et vivant sur la vie d'Henry James
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Novel about An Interesting Novelist 20 mars 2005
Par Jane Austin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"Author, Author" is a well researched and entertaining novel about the novelist, Henry James. Its a must read for James'fans. Interestingly, his writings are remembered, studied and reprinted while more popular novels of his time ('best sellers') have been forgotten.( There is a lesson in that fact somewhere!) Beginning and ending with the deathbed scene of James the novel focuses on his later years and his time in England, and especially with his relationship with Constance Fenimore Woolson and George DuMaurier. At the book's end, author Lodge, specifies what details he has made up. I found this book to be a page turner.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Praise and a question 9 juillet 2006
Par Walter Bruno - Publié sur Amazon.com
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An excellent book: perceptive, passionate, meticulous, and intelligent. Lodge accompanies his subject wisely, sympathetically, but never indulgently. He's especially good at showing how literature can never transform itself into a performance art, and what makes the theatre a precursor to the book, an implacable mechanism. The novel is an entire education in taste, literacy, fashion, and the essentials of fiction.

Lodge's account of literary friendships and of the curse of Envy is spot-on. James himself would have blanched at its accuracy.

I have a question. The UK edition (paperback) is printed in 8-pt type, virtually unreadable to those over 24, which is surprising, since people under 24 don't read books. And especially novels about dead white American-Victorian Anglophiles. So how about it? Is there any edition, anywhere, printed in something bigger than 9 points?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 intriguing project, scintillating execution 21 juillet 2005
Par Heather - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This novel takes the life of Henry James as its subject and interpolates fact with fiction without losing its energy. Lodge does a wonderful job of lighting up the things that we do know about James and adding some conjecture. His rendering of the opening night of "Guy Domville"--James's flop of a play--is both comic and tragic, and would itself be worth the price of the book. Unlike Colm Toibin's "The Master" (another fictionalized biography of James), Lodge doesn't succumb to saccharine or sentimental devices to close the book, but remains sharp from beginning to end.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 an excellent venture into a new subject matter for Lodge 1 avril 2007
Par Aleksandra Nita-Lazar - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have been a fan of David Lodge for a long time. I like his choice of subjects and his witty style. I have also admired the novels by Henry James for about two years now, but I know little about his life, except dry facts. "Author, Author" seemed a logical following.

I was spellbound from the very beginning of the book, which starts in 1915, with James bedridden after a second stroke. As we get more and more convinced that his death is imminent, the author travels back in time, to the period in James's life when he desperately tried to become a successful playwright, at the same time not abandoning his ideas for novels and novellas. The psychical torment associated with the creative process, combined with extraordinary sensitivity and shyness covered with a mask of ever proper behavior are depicted by Lodge with exceptional ability, evoking the image of James as very complex human being. James's financial struggle and his yearning for success, his perfectionism, his high hopes and constant disappointments make his life not dissimilar to the lives of talented authors, artists and scientists of today... Clearly, HJ, as he was called by friends, was not free from vices, but at the same time his imperfections made him real to me, a man of flesh and blood, not only an admired author of perfect novels. He had intense passionate feelings, and although he might have appeared cold to the outside observer, he was capable of great care for his family and friends. The descriptions of the people connected with James, especially, of course, George du Maurier and his family, as well as Edith Wharton and Constance Fenimore Woolson, are very perceptive. The mention of other famous characters, who at some point were in contact with James (to mention, as an example, Oscar Wilde, James Lowell, George Bernard Shaw and H. G. Wells; I particularly like the encounter with Agatha Christie) are very stimulating for imagination.

George du Maurier is almost as important for the novel as James and his life, work, constant worry to provide for his family and utter astonishment when, after the success of his popular novel "Trilby", George does not have to worry any more, are reconstructed in detail. After his death, and the death of many other people dear to James, Lodge takes us back to James's deathbed, to expect the end together with his family and faithful servants.

As Lodge admits in the preface, he tried to be as accurate as possible with the facts (which he researched well, judging after acknowledgements at the end of the book, which were for me an excellent source!), but the dialogues are, obviously, his own invention. The prefect rendering of the spirit of the era and the theater adds to the novel's charm. It is not so easy to categorize "Author, author" so quickly as pure biography, because it reads as the most exciting fiction. And although (as Lodge also admitted himself at the end of the book) Henry James attracts more and more biographers (Colm Toibin's "The Master" and Emma Tenant's "Felony" are on my "To read" list now, and very high), this is certainly an valuable position and a remarkable achievement of Lodge's who managed to venture out of his usual domain of academic comedy with absolute success. I would like to end with a paraphrase of his own words: "David, wherever you are - take a bow".
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 A misplaced attempt at historical fiction 7 février 2006
Par David V. Cooper - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In this novel David Lodge makes his first foray into historical fiction, and the results are a disappointment.

I should preface this review by saying that I am a huge David Lodge fan, having read nearly all of his novels. And both he and I are huge Henry James fans. But Lodge made a far better tribute to James in Thinks..., where one of the protagonists enjoys quoting James and emulating his writing style, than he does here. In Author, Author, Lodge turns James into a Lodge stock character - fumbling, neurotic, not self-assured, though inwardly arrogant. Worse, Lodge's James thinks in Lodge's vocabulary - even to the point of incorporating Lodge's signature Catholic perspective, though James was Protestant. I certainly learned a lot about Henry James's life from the book, but I learned nothing about James's character, since I found this portrait disturbingly similar to Lodge's contemporary characters.

The book begins as a straightforward historical novel, one that begins at the end of the author's life, but then jumps back in time to a period when the author failed. Lodge makes the fatal mistake, one third of the way through the book, of slowing his pace down and devoting approximately fifty pages of the book to one day in Henry James's life - a day that Lodge deems particularly important, though as a reader I was not convinced of the day's weight. It is a ridiculous conceit in a historical novel, made even worse by the fact that James suddenly tries to bring in the points of view of other characters in the novel - characters about whom the reader could care less. The attempt at weighty character study disappears as Lodge has fun imagining what an evening at the theater might have been like at the turn of the century. It's a betrayal of the reader's trust, and it's boring. Lodge returns to his original style for the final third of the book, but it was too late by that time for him to regain this reader's respect.
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