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Tóibín, Colm 1955-

Overview
Works: 248 works in 1,032 publications in 12 languages and 29,104 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Biographical fiction  Religious fiction  Short stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Sources 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, Narrator, Conductor
Classifications: PR6070.O455, 823.914
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Colm Tóibín
Brooklyn : a novel by Colm Tóibín ( Book )
78 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in 11 languages and held by 3,300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Colm Tóibín's sixth novel, Brooklyn, is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, when one young woman, Eilis Lacey, crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself
The master : a novel by Colm Tóibín ( Book )
52 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 2,892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"...In stunningly resonant prose, Toibin captures the loneliness and longing, the hope and despair of a man who never married, never resolved his sexual identity, and whose forays into intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love.The emoyional intensity of Toibin's portrait of James is riveting. Time and again, James, a master of psychological subtlety in his fiction, proves blind to his own heart and incapable of reconciling his dreams of passion with his own fragility. " From the bookjacket
The empty family : stories by Colm Tóibín ( Book )
30 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of short fiction includes "The Street," in which Pakistani workers in Barcelona pursue a taboo affair; and "Two Women," in which a taciturn Irish set designer confronts repressed emotions while working in her homeland
The testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín ( Book )
27 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A provocative imagining of the later years of the mother of Jesus finds her living a solitary existence in Ephesus years after her son's crucifixion and struggling with guilt, anger, and feelings that her son is not the son of God and that His sacrifice was not for a worthy cause
Mothers and sons : stories by Colm Tóibín ( Book )
32 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 1,642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A sequence of nine short works explores the intricate bonds between mothers and sons as reflected at pivotal junctures that shift the way each sees and understands the other
The blackwater lightship : a novel by Colm Tóibín ( Book )
37 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and held by 1,561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Helen, her mother, and her grandmother come together to care for Helen's terminally ill brother
The Penguin book of Irish fiction ( Book )
21 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 1,226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction represents the entire canon of Irish fiction in English from Jonathan Swift, born in 1667, to Emma Donoghue, born in 1969. In his comprehensive introduction Colm Toibin describes the particular difficulties faced by Irish writers before the twentieth century, which gave rise to forms of fiction that were strikingly different from the classic French and English novels of the nineteenth century. In a culture where certain connections between the writer and the reader - indeed between the individual and society itself - were absent, it was Gothic literature, with its menacing visions of crumbling houses and discontented peasants, that flourished."--BOOK JACKET
The story of the night : a novel by Colm Tóibín ( Book )
30 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 1,111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Argentina, Anglo teacher Richard Garay is recruited as a spy by the Americans and gradually comes to the conclusion he has sold his soul. A study of homosexuality in a country which disapproves of it and a look at what it meant to be of English origin at the time of the 1982 war between England and Argentina. By the author of The Heather Blazing
The heather blazing by Colm Tóibín ( Book )
40 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in English and held by 1,070 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
It is Ireland in the late twentieth century. Eamon Redmond is a judge in the Irish High Court who is beginning to discover how painfully unconnected he is from other human beings
New ways to kill your mother : writers and their families by Colm Tóibín ( Book )
22 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 918 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In his essay on Tennessee Williams, Colm Toibin reveals an artist profoundly tormented by his sister's mental illness. Through the relationship between W.B. Yeats and his father, Toibin examines a world of family relations, and in Roddy Doyle's writing on his parents illuminates an Ireland reinvented. From John Cheever's journals Toibin makes flesh this darkly comic misanthrope and his intimates. Educating an intellectual woman, Cheever remarked, is like letting a rattlesnake into the house. In pieces that range from the importance of aunts (and the death of parents) in the English nineteenth-century novel to the relationship between fathers and sons in the writing of James Baldwin and Barack Obama, Colm Toibin illuminates not only the intimate connections between writers and their families but also articulates, with a rare tenderness and wit, the great joy of reading their work
The South by Colm Tóibín ( Book )
42 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in English and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Set in the 1950s, this is the story of Katherine Proctor who "flees husband, child and County Wexford (Ireland) for Spain. She, a Catalan lover, and another Irish emigre, painters all, fashion new worlds in their work while fighting past worlds in their lives."
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín ( Recording )
20 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Eilis Lacey is unable to find a job in Ireland in the years following World War II. An Irish priest from Brooklyn, New York offers to sponser her to live an work in America, so she decides she must go leaving her mother and sister behind. She adapts to her new life by working in a department store and the pain of parting has subsided until she receives devastating news from home that threatens the promise of her future
Love in a dark time : and other explorations of gay lives and literature by Colm Tóibín ( Book )
26 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Writing these pieces helped me to come to terms with things - with my own interest in secret, erotic energy (Roger Casement and Thomas Mann), my pure admiration for figures who, unlike me, weren't afraid (Wilde, Bacon, Almodovar), my abiding fascination with sadness (Elizabeth Bishop, James Baldwin), and indeed, tragedy (Thom Gunn and Mark Doty)." "In Love in a Dark Time, Colm Toibin looks at the life and work of some of the greatest and most influential artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in the main figures whose homosexuality remained hidden or oblique for much of their lives. Either by choice or necessity, being gay seemed to come second for many of these writers. Yet in their private lives, and also in the spirit of their work, the laws of desire changed everything for them and made all the difference." "Ranging from figures such as Oscar Wilde, born in the 1850s, to Pedro Almodovar, born nearly a hundred years later, this book studies how a changing world altered lives in ways both subtle and serious. Colm Toibin interweaves close reading of the work with detailed analysis of the personality behind the work to illuminating effect."--BOOK JACKET
The Irish famine : a documentary by Colm Tóibín ( Book )
19 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book opens a door to understanding all sides of this tragedy with an absorbing history provided by novelist Colm Toibin that is supported by a collection of key documents selected by historian Diarmaid Ferriter. An important piece of revisionist thinking, The Irish Famine: A Documentary is sure to become the classic primer for this lamentable period of Irish history."--BOOK JACKET
Lady Gregory's toothbrush by Colm Tóibín ( Book )
14 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
'It is the battle between those who use a toothbrush and those who don't.' So wrote Augusta Gregory to W.B. Yeats; she was referring to the riots at the Abbey Theatre over The Playboy of the Western World, and she knew which side she was on. In this remarkable biographical essay, Colm Toibin examines the contradictions that defined the position of this essential figure in Irish cultural history, The wife of a landlord and MP who had been personally responsible for introducing measures that compounded the misery of the Irish peasantry during the Great Famine, Lady Gregory devoted much
The master a novel by Colm Tóibín ( Recording )
18 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tells the story of Henry James, a famous novelist born into one of America's intellectual first families two decades before the Civil War. James left his country to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers. In stunningly resonant prose, Tóibín captures the loneliness and longing, the hope and despair of a man who never married, never resolved his sexual identity, and whose forays into intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love. Time and again, James, a master of psychological subtlety in his fiction, proves blind to his own heart
The testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín ( Recording )
10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Provocative, haunting and indelible, this portrait of Mary presents her as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. Years after the crucifixion, Mary lives alone and refuses to help the authors of the Gospel. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was 'worth it'; nor that these mere men that followed him were holy disciples
The modern library : the two hundred best novels in English since 1950 by Carmen Callil ( Book )
17 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book is a vibrant and emphatic celebration of the great art of reading and the great discoveries that can be made with literature
All a novelist needs : Colm Tóibín on Henry James by Colm Tóibín ( Book )
7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Looks at Henry James' life and work in many and various ways. The author reveals a novelist haunted by George Eliot and demonstrates how thoroughly James was a New Yorker. He also demonstrates how a new edition of Henry James' letters along with a biography of James' sister-in-law alter and enlarge our understanding of the master
Homage to Barcelona by Colm Tóibín ( Book )
16 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in English and Chinese and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This title is a personal and carefully research account of Barcelona, from its founding to its huge growth in the 19th century. The author covers the city's: history; art and architecture; great churches and museums; cafes; port life; restaurants and fashionable nightclubs
 
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Alternative Names
Tóibíin, Colm 1955-
Tóibín, Colm
Toibin, Colm 1955-
トビーン, コルム
Languages
English (577)
Spanish (7)
German (5)
Italian (5)
French (3)
Catalan (3)
Danish (2)
Croatian (2)
Polish (2)
Chinese (1)
Dutch (1)
Czech (1)
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