The Lesson of the Master.

"You know as well as you sit there that you'd put a pistol-ball into your brain if you had written my books!" First Edition of Henry James' The Lesson of the Master

The Lesson of the Master.

JAMES, Henry.

$175.00

Item Number: 78023

New York and London: Macmillan & Co, 1892.

First edition of this novella, which tells the story of a young writer, Paul Overt, who meets Henry St. George, a famous novelist Overt admires. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine. In near fine condition, contemporary name to the title page. A very sharp example with the spine gilt fresh.

Exemplifying Henry James's famous belief that "Art makes life," The Lesson of the Master is a piercing study of the life that art makes. When the tale's protagonist—a gifted young writer—meets and befriends a famous author he has long idolized, he is both repelled by and attracted to the artist's great secret: the emotional costs of a life dedicated to art.

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