Monopolizing the Master by Michael Anesko
Henry James and the Politics of Modern Literary Scholarship

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review

In the end the novels and stories of Henry James stand above...
-WSJ online


Henry James defied posterity to disturb his bones: he was adamant that his legacy be based exclusively on his publications and that his private life and writings remain forever private. Despite this, almost immediately after his death in 1916 an intense struggle began among his family and his literary disciples to control his posthumous reputation, a struggle that was continued by later generations of critics and biographers. Monopolizing the Master gives a blow-by-blow account of this conflict, which aroused intense feelings of jealousy, suspicion, and proprietorship among those who claimed to be the just custodians of James's literary legacy. With an unprecedented amount of new evidence now available, Michael Anesko reveals the remarkable social, political, and sexual intrigue that inspired—and influenced—the deliberate construction of the Legend of the Master.

About Michael Anesko

See more books from this Author
Michael Anesko is Professor of English at The Pennsylvania State University. He has published extensively on Anglo-American literary culture, including "Friction with the Market": Henry James and the Profession of Authorship (1986), Letters, Fictions, Lives: Henry James and William Dean Howells (1997), and The French Face of Nathaniel Hawthorne: Monsieur de l'Aubépine and His Second Empire Critics (2011). He is a General Editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Edition of The Complete Fiction of Henry James.
Published January 11, 2012 by Stanford University Press. 270 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Monopolizing the Master
All: 1 | Positive: 1 | Negative: 0

WSJ online

Above average
Reviewed by Joseph Epstein on Jan 14 2012

In the end the novels and stories of Henry James stand above...

Read Full Review of Monopolizing the Master: Henr... | See more reviews from WSJ online

Rate this book!

Add Review