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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (416 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Lodge Narrator: Christopher Kay Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by eb | 2/16/2014

    " Poor David Lodge. What are the odds he'd find himself pitted against Colm Toibin in the battle of lightly fictionalized accounts of Henry James's life? Lodge falls woefully short; Toibin is more insightful, more sympathetic, and far more skilled, which makes him the closer kindred spirit to James. I like Lodge's work a lot, but found myself almost bristling as I read Author, Author, and wanting to know what on earth gave Lodge the idea he could understand a master like James, much less get in his head and speculate about his thoughts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tim | 1/27/2014

    " Reviewed for the Chronicle and PW -- as much as I like Lodge (and I love Lodge), this is not one of his best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle | 1/23/2014

    " Sometimes the relief of not reading HJ was broken by an extreme Jamesion quality, at which point I felt I might as well be reading _The Bostonians_ again. David Lodge is amusing and entertaining. This is an interesting blend of fiction, historical personages, and light forays into literary theory. In the future however, I think I'll avoid DL's historic fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gail | 1/22/2014

    " "Author, Author" is a fascinating, if fictionalized, look at the great Henry James, presented here as a very human author who is concerned not only with his art, but with such mundane things as money, his reputation, and the true feelings of his friends. The story(ies) here is James's failed attempts to write for the stage, and his friendship with George DuMarrier, which is somewhat shadowed by Henry's jealousy of his friend's unprecedented success. Complex and finely drawn, Lodge's book reminds us of the human faces hidden behind the work and repute of artists. This is an excellent book, well-written in a fine period style. Highly recommended. "

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About the Narrator

Christopher Kay began his performance career with an early start as both an actor and singer in theater. In time, he began to pursue broadcasting opportunities, including announcing, newsreading, audiobook narration, and presenting radio and television programs. He worked extensively for Granada, Yorkshire, and the BBC. During his distinguished career, he has earned eleven broadcasting awards and two AudioFile Earphones Awards. Born in Stockport, Cheshire, he now makes his residence in Clwydian Hills of North Wales.