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The American Essays of Henry James - Henry James

The American Essays of Henry James

By: Henry James, Leon Edel (Editor)

Paperback Published: 21st January 1990
ISBN: 9780691014715
Number Of Pages: 320

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"No one, among American writers, was more contemporary or had a more powerful grasp of American history and American myth," writes Leon Edel of Henry James. This collection of James's essays on American letters, together with some of his miscellaneous writings on other American subjects, is a pivotal document in the reassessment of James as less cloistered--and more American--than previously supposed. James is relaxed and informal as he writes of Emerson, Hawthorne, Lowell, Godkin, Norton, and Howells: he is fondly recalling--but also criticizing--the cultural orthodoxy in which he was reared. The American Essays remarkably prefigures current efforts to revise and challenge the aesthetic idealism of the Emersonian tradition.

Foreword to the New Editionp. vii
Introductionp. xi
The New England Voice
Hawthorne's French and Italian Journalsp. 3
Nathaniel Hawthornep. 11
The Hawthorne Centenaryp. 24
The Correspondence of Carlyle and Emersonp. 31
Emersonp. 51
James Russell Lowellp. 77
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)p. 106
An American Art-Scholar: Charles Eliot Nortonp. 118
Other Voices
Mr. Walt Whitmanp. 131
Francis Parkman: The Old Regime in Canadap. 138
William Dean Howellsp. 146
Letter to William Dean Howells on His Seventy-Fifth Birthdayp. 156
Miss Woolsonp. 162
Wolcott Balestierp. 175
The Story-Teller at Large: Mr. Henry Harlandp. 186
American Letters 1898
The Question of the Opportunitiesp. 197
The American Novelp. 204
Grant's Letters; Whitman's Calamusp. 208
Democracy and Theodore Rooseveltp. 212
Winston Churchill; Bret Hartep. 216
Whitman's The Wound Dresserp. 220
Local History; American Criticismp. 224
Military Novelsp. 228
American Magazines; John Jay Chapmanp. 233
American Democracy and American Educationp. 241
The Novel of Dialect; W. D. Howellsp. 250
American Memories
Mr. and Mrs. Fieldsp. 261
Notes for an Essay on Mr. and Mrs. Fieldsp. 281
The Founding of the Nationp. 284
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780691014715
ISBN-10: 069101471X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 21st January 1990
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.36