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The Portable Henry James (The Viking Portable Library, No. P55) Revised Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Press; Revised edition (September 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670010553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670010554
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,142,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henry James (1843-1916), the son of the religious philosopher Henry James Sr. and brother of the psychologist and philosopher William James, published many important novels including Daisy Miller, The Wings of the Dove, The Golden Bowl, and The Ambassadors.

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Format: Paperback
It has been suggested that Henry James did not "realize" Life -- that he hid from it and missed so much of that which makes life vital. I would rather have lived his life than most others of which I have read or observed. My own life has been one of wildness, bohemian behavior and eccentric passion -- but I have very little to show for having "lived" life to the fullest. Now that I am two years away from sixty, I look at all of my madcap ways and see how lifeless they truly are. We may compare the biography of Henry James to that of another favorite writer, Oscar Wilde. Who, I ask, "lived" the greater life, had the finest experience of existence?

Henry James is said to be merely an observer and interpreter of life and society. I find him so much more. He is one of the few writers whose works take on new life as age advances and maturity allows me to appreciate in more adult fashion the genius of Art. The creation of art is, for me, one of the finest expressions of the human soul -- and no one wrote with more intense interest, curiosity and intelligence than Henry James.

This newer edition of THE PORTABLE HENRY JAMES, superbly edited and introduced by John Auchard, gives us some of James's finest accomplishments as an artist. The book is divided into different categories: I. FICTION; II. REVISIONS; III. TRAVEL; IV. CRITICISM; V. AUTOBIOGRAPHY; VI. CORRESPONDENCE; VII. DEFINITION AND DESCRIPTION; VIII. NAMES; IX. PARODY; X. LEGACY. The final section is a fascinating record of approaches to Henry James from his admirers, and includes
"At the Grave of Henry James," a substantial poem by W. H. Auden,
a selection from HENRY JAMES: AN APPRECIATION by Joseph Conrad,
from IN MEMORY by T. S.
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This collection gives an excellent overview of James' work and offers the reader a chance to engage a notoriously daunting author at many levels. There are the stories, the essays, the letters, and of course select novels. This is the best place to start.
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I wish they had used a larger font, but all in all, it has every piece I was looking for. After seeing
"The Heiress" on stage in December (with Jessica Chastain) I had to go back to the original story.
What a classic!!!
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