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The typewriter's tale, Michiel Heyns

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The typewriter's tale
Title
The typewriter's tale
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Michiel Heyns
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typewriters tale
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eng
Summary
""Live all you can; it's a mistake not to." This is the maxim of celebrated author Henry James and one which his typist Frieda Wroth tries to live up to. Admiring of the great author, she nevertheless feels marginalized and undervalued in her role. But when the dashing Morton Fullerton comes to visit, Frieda finds herself at the center of an intrigue every bit as engrossing as the novels she types, bringing her into conflict with the flamboyant Edith Wharton, and compromising her loyalty to James"--
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  • /* Starred Review */ The great American master storyteller Henry James (author of the classic novel Portrait of a Lady, among many others) intrigues today’s novelists, including Colm Toibin (The Master, 2004), who are interested in discovering or at least imagining the nature of his life. Heyns’ highly creative novel locates itself in James’ final decade, when he was resident of the charming English coastal town of Rye. In Heyns’“Author’s Note,” he explains, “My young typewriter “typist” in modern language is based on Theodora Bosanquet, who was in James’ employ from 1907 to his death.” James does not write in longhand or type, but rather dictates to his “typewriter,” our heroine, Frieda Wroth, as he paces the room orally spinning his intricate plots. With threads of spiritualism, which was popular at the time, woven into the story, Heyns creates an engaging and highly suitable whodunit atmosphere to support her tale, which is centered on an American friend of James, Morton Fullerton, paying a visit to James in Rye, arranging a rendezvous with Frieda, and enlisting her aid in finding and securing a cache of letters in James’ possession, letters that certain parties, including Fullerton’s and James’ good friend, novelist Edith Wharton, would not want exposed. Faithfully re-created real-life individuals mix well with authentically drawn fictitious ones. -- Hooper, Brad (Reviewed 12/15/2016) (Booklist, vol 113, number 8, p29)
  • Any Henry James aficionado should recognize the setting (Henry James’s Lamb House in Rye) and major players (including James himself and Edith Wharton) in this imagined story of James’s personal typist in 1907. Twenty-three-year-old Frieda Wroth (a fictional character) comes from modest means and has taken a job as a typewriter for the venerable author (partly to avoid the fate of a life with her respectable but boring suitor in London). Her new career mostly consists of sitting in front of the Remington and mindlessly transcribing James’s words—that is, until Morton Fullerton arrives to visit his friend and mentor. The young and dashingly handsome Fullerton seduces Frieda and asks her to find the packet of his letters to James, which must be hidden somewhere inside Lamb House. Frieda’s promise, combined with a visit from James’s niece Peggy, leads Frieda to experiment with telepathy and contacting those from the beyond. And so begin her communications with Fullerton, transcribed with the Remington in much the same way she takes dictation. There is nothing normal about the James household—from the comings and goings of visitors to the chewing exercises performed nightly by Henry James himself. And Frieda fits right in. Though she isn’t the strongest protagonist and the fiction and nonfiction elements don’t fully mesh, fans of James will find a compelling take on his private life. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 11/21/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 47, p)
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10545265
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Heyns, Michiel
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9369.4.H49
LC item number
T86 2017
Literary form
fiction
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bibliography
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  • James, Henry
  • Authors
  • Journalists
  • Man-woman relationships
  • England
Target audience
adult
Label
The typewriter's tale, Michiel Heyns
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Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
270 pages
Isbn
9781250119001
Lccn
2016038740
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 947146269
  • (OCoLC)947146269
Label
The typewriter's tale, Michiel Heyns
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
270 pages
Isbn
9781250119001
Lccn
2016038740
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 947146269
  • (OCoLC)947146269

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