THE BATTLE AND THE BOOKS: Some Aspects of Henry James by Edward Stone

THE BATTLE AND THE BOOKS: Some Aspects of Henry James

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mark Twain called him Henrietta Maria, and for half a century readers didn't detect the reversed order of the last chapters of The Ambassadors; even so Henry James' bright star shines brighter every year, especially over the Academy. Professor Stone, clearly a partisan, pays particular attention to Maxwell Geismar's recent wrong-headed attack, linking it to the populist sentiments of our culture which have always battled against the haut monde. In examining the novels, some unusual procedures are involved: the connection between James and Thurber, a study of The Tragic Muse, citing new source material, and a discussion of Watch and Ward. The first (and worst) of the Jamesian romances. A concluding chapter (uniting most of the previous themes, e.g. James' adventure of the mind, though not of ""ideas"") Considers The Senses of The Past, which influenced the play Berkeley Squase, in turn was influenced by Einsteinian relativity, and the differences between the romantic and scientific notions of time-travel. A sophisticated but slight critique.

Pub Date: Nov. 2nd, 1964
Publisher: Ohio Univ. Press