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The Year of Henry James. The story of a novel: With other essays on the genesis, composition and reception of literary fiction In 2004, Henry James featured as a character in no less than three novels - David Lodge's Author, Author was one of them.With insightful and amusing candour, here he traces the history of his book from conception to publication, pondering the mystery - and indeed the anguish - of so many novels about James appearing at the same time. Lodge's reflections on his own creative practice are accompanied by studies of the genesis, composition and reception of key works by James himself, as well as other novelists from George Eliot to Vladimir Nabokov, and J.M. Coetzee to Graham Greene.