The Tragic Muse

Author(s): Henry James
Genre: Classics
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (20.02 hours)
Product Number: Z100110245
Released: Jun 28, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781781982617
Narrator/s: Gareth Armstrong
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
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Pressured into a political career by his traditional, establishmentarian family, Nick Dormer longs to be a painter. Eventually, encouraged by the carefree aesthete Gabriel Nash, reminiscent of Oscar Wilde, he resigns from Parliament and follows his artistic dream. His journey is counterpointed with that of budding young actress Miriam Rooth, the subject of Nick's most successful paintings, and the 'tragic muse' of the title, who too sacrifices an affluent life (marriage with Nick's cousin Peter) for her art. However, her tireless spirit and immutable passion bring her great success on stage, and her fame and fortune far outshine Nick's life as a struggling painter. Among the most unique and autobiographical of James's novels, The Tragic Muse takes an honest look at the sacrifices and solitude of an artist and the prices paid when taking the path less travelled.

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Author(s): Henry James
Narrator(s): Gareth Armstrong
Genre: Classics
Product Number DD46908
Released: Oct 15, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781094057514

Professional reviews

"Gareth Armstrong's confident narration adds welcome charisma to this literary classic. Henry James's extensive plot follows the careers of Nick Dormer, who must choose between painting and politics, and Miriam Rooth, who strives to be an actress as a means for income. Both characters' enigmatic passions perplex those family members and friends who so desperately want to guide their fates. Armstrong's vocal characterizations capture the conversational flow in James's dialogue. He subtly shifts between dissimilar characters such as the unconventional, jovial wanderer Gabriel Nash and Nick's serious, determined mother, Lady Agnes. Armstrong's composure suits James's formal, descriptive prose. His enthusiastic candor and attention to characterization offer a particularly memorable performance of this audiobook. D.M.W. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"