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The Ivory Tower (New York Review Books Classics) Paperback – 1 Feb 2007

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics (1 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590170784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590170786
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Late, piercing, morally incisive look at the unscrupulous rich." --"The Guardian
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"In "The Ivory Tower", James was still experimenting with the impressions of his American tour....There is a vivid sense conveyed of the bright sea and summer air and the great, crazy, overdecorated "villas," but the keenest impression is of the various people that the hero meets....The effect is as remarkable as anything that James ever achieved." --Louis Auchincloss

"James's last novel...denounced, with all the delicacy and subtlety of his style, the world he had seen, at Biltmore, at Lenox, in the great houses of New York and Newport. He had reclaimed his American heritage, but he seems to have felt it wasn't worth reclaiming. "You seem all here so hideously rich," says his hero. ["The Ivory Tower" is] a dense and powerfully conceived work." --Leon Edel

About the Author

Henry James (1843–1916), the younger brother of the psychologist William James and one of the greatest of American writers, was born in New York but lived for most of his life in England. Among the best known of his many stories and novels are The Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw, and The Wings of the Dove. In addition to The New York Stories of Henry James, New York Review Classics has published several long-unavailable James novels: The Other House, The Outcry, and The Ivory Tower.

Alan Hollinghurst was born in 1954 in Gloucestershire, England, and attended Magdalen College, Oxford. He is the author of the novels The Swimming-Pool Library, The Folding Star (shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Spell, and the forthcoming The Line of Beauty, as well as of a translation of the play Bajazet by Racine. A former staff member at The Times Literary Supplement, Hollinghurst is a frequent contributor to that and other publications, including The Guardian. Hollinghurst's fourth novel, The Line of Beauty, won the Man Booker Prize in 2004. He lives in London.

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The Ivory Tower is a sad book, yet not due to its subject, contents or the fate of its characters, but because of its unfulfilled potential. I could have been another great book by one of the greatest stylists in English language. If only he had a chance to finish it, I would have easily joined the trinity of his remarkable novels: The Wings of the Dove, The Golden Bowl and The Ambassadors, and perhaps, I would have become one of the best. It's also a sad book because it ends, or rather breaks off, in the middle of a sentence, and as it is pointed out in the introduction, near the end of his career James tended to dictate his novels, thus it feels like he just stopped speaking, perhaps to clear his throat, perhaps to think about what he should say next, and one gets an impression that, in a moment, he would resume his story.
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