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"Incandescent." - The New York Times

"The Cloister" is a book of gravity and consequence that makes you need to turn and turn the page."

- Nicholas Delbanco


James Carroll's Newest Work

The Cloister

Early in his writing career, James Carroll was welcomed by the critic Allen Tate as “a new original talent.” Twenty years later, the critic Martin Green wrote in The Atlantic, “Carroll has become one of the writers who shape our sense of ourselves.”

And now, more than forty years on, the critic Robert Brustein calls him “an elegiac artist, a writer of great inclusiveness and tender sensibility. He invariably endows his subjects with deep humanity and understanding.”

James Carroll is the author of twelve novels, most recently The Cloister, and eight works of non-fiction, most recently Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age. Other books include the National Book Award winning An American Requiem; the New York Times bestselling Constantine's Sword, now an acclaimed documentary; House of War, which won the first PEN-John Kenneth Galbraith Award; and Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which was named a 2011 Best Book by Publishers Weekly. He lectures widely, both in the United States and abroad, and contributes occasional essays to NEWYORKER.COM He lives in Boston with his wife, the writer Alexandra Marshall.

James Carroll’s Boston Globe columns won the 2012 Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Commentary. The Judges’ comment: "James Carroll's elegant style and historical depth of knowledge combine with his thoughtful, moral point of view to consistently provide his readers with a unique voice.”

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