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The Typewriter's Tale
by Michiel Heyns


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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.

The Typewriter s Tale by Michiel Heyns is a thought-provoking novel on love, art and life fully lived.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781250119001
  • ISBN-10: 1250119006
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publish Date: February 2017
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Literary
Books > Fiction > Historical - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-11-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Any Henry James aficionado should recognize the setting (Henry Jamess Lamb House in Rye) and major players (including James himself and Edith Wharton) in this imagined story of Jamess 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 Jamess wordsthat 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. Friedas promise, combined with a visit from Jamess 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 householdfrom the comings and goings of visitors to the chewing exercises performed nightly by Henry James himself. And Frieda fits right in. Though she isnt the strongest protagonist and the fiction and nonfiction elements dont fully mesh, fans of James will find a compelling take on his private life. (Feb.)

 
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