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The Diary Of Alice James Paperback – April 8, 1999
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Leon Edel, now deceased, received the Pulitzer Prize for biography and the National Book Award for the second and third volumes of his Life of Henry James. Linda Simon is Associate Professor of English at Skidmore College. Among her several books are The Biography of Alice B. Toklas; Thornton Wilder: His World; and Genuine Reality: A Life of William James. She lives in Saratoga Springs, New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"What an awful loss it is that we can't see our own follies," James writes, "they must be so much more exquisite than any one's else, but as vanity is what keeps the world agoing, after one or two convulsive laughs, the game would certainly be up!
"Shall I ever have any convulsive laughs again! Ah, me! I fear me not. I had such a feast for 34 years that I can't complain." Anyone who wants to know about American writing at the turn of the century should get a copy of this book. "What difference is there in the spiritual essence of two viragoes fighting on their door-steps over a coal-ticket, left or not left by the district visitor and that of two great ladies at daggers drawn over their seat at some function or other?--all simply scrambling for something they haven't got."