Henry James by Henry James
A Life in Letters

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James's correspondents included presidents and prime ministers, painters and great ladies, actresses and bishops, and the writers Robert Louis Stevenson, H.G. Wells and Edith Wharton. This fully-annotated selection from James's eloquent correspondence allows the writer to reveal himself and the fascinating world in which he lived. The letters provide a rich and fascinating source for James' views on his own works, on the literary craft, on sex, politics and friendship. Together they constitute, in Philip Horne's own words, James' 'real and best biography'.
 

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Henry James, author of such classics of fiction as A PORTRAIT OF A LADY and THE WINGS OF THE DOVE, remains one of America's greatest and most influential writers. Born in 1843 in New York, he moved to Britain in 1876 and became a naturalized citizena year before his death in 1916.Philip Horne is a Reader in English at University College London.
 
Published January 2, 2014 by Penguin. 665 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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By his subtitle, Horne (Henry James and Revision) explicitly rejects Leon Edel's contention in his four-volume (1974-1984) selection of James's letters that letters offer only fragments of a life,

Nov 01 1999 | Read Full Review of Henry James: A Life in Letters

The New York Review of Books

With so exiguous a life, what James mostly did was to spend his time alone in a room writing, subsisting on impressions and perceptions, which he insisted, with a fervor all too plainly defensive, on equating with what most of us mean by “experience.” That Edel makes too much of James, that he ov...

Feb 10 1972 | Read Full Review of Henry James: A Life in Letters
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