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Lodge's book is not yet available, Mr. Toibin, who lives in Dublin, has no sense of the specific content.
In parallel interviews recently in London, it was clear, however, that their curiosity was piqued. Although there are striking differences between the books, they are complimentary rather than contradictory.
Whenever possible, each shows how people and events in James's life inspired his art. Each holds to the facts of his biography, and the books have the same cast of major characters: James's family and his two significant female friends, his cousin Minny Temple and Constance Fenimore Woolson, both of whom served as models for his characters. At the heart of both is the most dramatic moment in James's life, the London debacle in of his play ''Guy Domville.
Then he returned to his theater for the final curtain.
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When he was led onstage by his leading actor, he recalled, he was greeted by ''the hoots and jeers and catcalls of the roughs'' in the gallery. Each novelist approaches James from a different vantage.
Toibin's initial response was to the book ''Epistemology of the Closet'' in which Eva Kosofsky Sedgwick suggested that James's entire work was written in code. Toibin took the opposite view. As he said: ''You can't make a blanket assumption about James's sexuality or his fiction or his life. This was not a game between concealment and disclosure. Lodge said: ''Though James was not strongly sexual, so far as I could see, in either direction he had extraordinary intuition into the sexual life, and the emotions connected with that and with marriage. His portrait of an unhappy marriage in the 'Portrait of a Lady' is astonishing for somebody who was never married.
James signs off
Toibin said: ''At some stage I realized I had a character in my head called Henry James, and he decided to make an imaginative intervention'' in James's story. Similarly Mr. Lodge said he wanted ''to explore imaginatively what it was like to be Henry James. Asked what he had learned about James from writing his novel, Mr.
Toibin stressed the levels of ambiguity, ''and the ways in which they played themselves out both in the life and in the fiction, the fact that he was in certain ways steely, determined and serious and on the other hand was weak and very very sensitive. In his answer Mr. Lodge said that he now had a clearer sense of James's life: ''I've got the chronology hard-wired into my brain. I suppose I see his life as a kind of three act play,'' his apprenticeship, a middle period when he was unable ''to move his career into the major achievements he dreamed of'' and ''the slow recovery from the failure of 'Guy Domville' and the gradual building up into the writing the great novels,'' ''The Wings of the Dove,'' ''The Ambassadors'' and ''The Golden Bowl.
In each new book a male friend appears conspicuously. A great social lion, James dined out times during and and visited in many of the great Victorian houses and country seats.
The Year of Henry James
He was elected to London clubs, published his stories simultaneously in English and American periodicals, and mingled with George Meredith , Robert Louis Stevenson , Edmund Gosse, and other writers, thus establishing himself as a significant figure in Anglo-American literary and artistic relations. As a picture of Americans moving in the expatriate society of England and of Italy, this novel has no equal in the history of modern fiction. It is a remarkable study of a band of egotists while at the same time offering a shrewd appraisal of the American character. Henry James.
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