Monthly Archives: November 2010

The Historical Novel, Part 2: The Master

Colm Toibin’s novel The Master is, in many ways, the opposite of Parrot and Olivier in America: it tells the story of the iconic American writer Henry James’ last years living in Britain. One of the central themes of the novel, like James’ own work, is the perception of the American abroad. I was struck, […]

The Historical Novel, Part 1: Parrot and Olivier in America

I occasionally house sit for a neighbor who has a house that is a bibliophile’s dream. Covered in bookshelves that complete with nooks for window seats or built in desks, I can’t imagine a happier place to live. My neighbor constantly is adding to her collection, with one shelf in particular that houses any recent […]