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Written by means of a number of the world's such a lot exotic Henry James students, this cutting edge choice of essays offers the main up to date scholarship on James’s writings to be had at the present time.

  • Provides a necessary, updated connection with the paintings and scholarship of Henry James
  • Features the writing of quite a lot of James students
  • Places James’s writings inside nationwide contexts—American, English, French, and Italian
  • Offers either an outline of latest James scholarship and a innovative source for learning vital person issues

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Miller of Schenectady, New York, United States of America, thank you very much, and whether he finally made up his mind to advance or retreat was a question over which she would allow herself to lose no sleep. Point of view in Henry James’s Daisy Miller is possibly the most frequently discussed formal attribute of the text. That observation accounts for the playful pastiche with which this essay begins: through it I dramatize the surprising reflections, resemblances, and reversals between Daisy and Winterbourne that become apparent when one seeks to reimagine the story from Daisy’s vantage point.

Romance of a kind does conclude “A Day of Days,” written just before “Poor Richard,” but not romance and marriage. For the space of a fine September day Adela Moore and Thomas Ludlow enjoy one another’s company. Ludlow is due to leave for Europe and admits it would be “very heroic, very poetic, very chivalric to lose his steamer” – but for an idea, a fancy? ” ( James 1999a: 104) he thinks, and leaves. ” The story is one of the most satisfying of this period in its representation of ideal companionship, in which sexual complications and possibilities remain forever suspended in an autumnal glow.

There is a certain artificiality in reading in this way, as it places the early fiction constantly at a disadvantage in relation to later achievements, but there are also positive aspects to this inevitable process. As Dorothea Krook says, James’s treatment in the early work, while tentative, is also remarkable for “a degree of explicitness,” providing “valuable corroborative evidence of [his] main preoccupations in the novels” (Krook 1967: 326). Certain Jamesian obsessions stand out from the start, in particular the ambivalent fascination of strong, independent (often American) women, and the threatening prospect for a man of being closely involved with one of them.

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