Dearly Beloved Friends by Susan E. Gunter
Henry James's Letters to Younger Men

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Dearly Beloved Friends makes available an ample selection of James's personal and occasionally intimate letters -- many long withheld from publication -- to four men: the sculptor Hendrik Andersen, the dilettante Dudley Jocelyn Persse, and the writers Howard Sturgis and Sir Hugh Walpole. The letters reveal a warm and humorous man, far from the austere persona we usually associate with James. He clearly loved a number of those friends with a depth and eroticism previously noted but never so fully documented.
Susan E. Gunter is Professor of English at Westminster College. Steven H. Jobe is Associate Professor of English at Hanover College.

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Henry James was born the son of a religious philosopher in New York City in 1843. His famous works include The Portrait of a Lady, Washington Square, Daisy Miller, and The Turn of the Screw. He died in London in 1916, and is buried in the family plot in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Susan E. Gunter is Associate Professor of English, Westminster College. She is also editor of "Dear Munificent Friends: Henry James's Letters to Four Women". Steven H. Jobe is Associate Professor of English, Hanover College. His previous book is "A Calendar of the Letters of Henry James".
Published November 16, 2001 by University of Michigan Press. 288 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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The ongoing debate about Henry James's (1843–1916) sexuality finds suggestive new material in this collection of his loving letters to four young men in the later years of his life. Gunt

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