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Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín is an acclaimed novelist, essayist, short story writer, and playwright. His works include The Master, a novel based on the life of Henry James; All a Novelist Needs, a collection of essays about James; and the 2012 collection New Ways to Kill Your Mother, which illuminates the intimate connections between writers and their families through the works of such authors as Tennessee Williams, William Butler Yeats, and Roddy Doyle. The Master won the IMPAC Dublin Prize, the Prix du Meilleur Livre, and the Los Angeles Times Novel of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Born in Enniscorthy and educated at University College, Dublin, Tóibín is a former editor of Magill, Ireland’s current affairs magazine, and a regular contributor to the Dublin Review, as well as the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books. His early work as a journalist and travel writer has been collected in The Trial of the Generals and Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish. His literary criticism covers an extraordinary range of writers, including Samuel Becket, Hart Crane, Alan Hollinghurst, and Edmund White. Other novels include The Blackwater Lightship, made into a film starring Angela Lansbury; and Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year. His short story collections include, most recently, The Empty Family.

Tóibín has been a visiting writer at Stanford University and the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and he has taught at Princeton University and the University of Manchester. He is currently Mellon Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

Online Resources

Tóibín for the London Review of Books
Tóibín for the New York Review
Toíbín on Edmund White
Adam Mars-Jones reviews ‘The Master’

Selected Bibliography

New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers & their Families (2012)
All a Novelist Needs: Essays on Henry James (2010)
The Master (2004)