Letters  v. 1. 1843-1875 ~ v. 4. 1895-1916

Henry James ; edited by Leon Edel

This volume, the conclusion of Leon Edel's splendid edition, rounds off a half century of work on James by the noted biographer-critic. In the letters of the novelist's last twenty years a new Henry James is revealed. Edel's generous selection shows us, as he says, a "looser, less formal, less distant" personality, a man writing with greater candor and with more emotional freedom, who "has at last opened himself up to the physical things of life." The decade embracing the turn of the century is the most productive period of James's career. Happily settled in an English country house and now dictating to a typist, he is able to write "The Ambassadors," "The Wings of the Dove," and "The Golden Bowl" in three years. The letters show clearly how his fiction turned from his world-famous tales of international society to the life of passion in his last novels. His new friends and correspondents include Conrad, H. G. Wells, Stephen Crane, Edith Wharton, and several young men to whom he writes curious, half-inhibited love letters. Mrs. Wharton, with her chauffered "chariot of fire," introduces him to the thrill of motoring and welcomes him into her cosmopolitan circle; to him she embodies the affluence and driving energy of the America of the Gilded Age. For the first time in over twenty years he revisits his homeland, traveling not only in the East but through the South to Florida and west to California. He is dismayed by the materialism he finds and the changed ways of life. Back in England, he plunges into several projects; for the New York edition of his works he revises the early novels and writes his famous prefaces. His relations with agents and publishers as well as family and friends are fully documented in the letters, as are his trips to the Continent and visits with Edith Wharton in Paris. His last years are darkened by a long siege of nervous ill health and by the death of his beloved brother William. But he carries on, moves back to London, and continues to work. Among the most eloquent of all his letters are those describing his anguished reaction to the Great War. To show his allegiance to the Allied cause, he becomes a British citizen, six months before his death. The volume concludes with his "final and fading words" dictated on his deathbed.

「Nielsen BookData」より

<p> Here at last is the first volume of the long-awaited edition of Henry James letters by the world's foremost Jamesian scholar. <p> James was a superlative letter-writer; his correspondence constitutes one of the greateat self-portraits in all literature. In this edition Mr. Edel, respecting James's view that only the best of a writer's letters deserve publication, skims the cream of the fifteen thousand letters collected or discovered, many by the biographer himself, since the novelist's death in 1916. <p> In volume one, the first of a projected four, he provides a general introduction and a necessary minimum of annotation, and prefaces each section--Boyhood and Youth; Beginnings; The Grand Tour; A Season in Cambridge; Travel and Opportunity; and The Choice--with an informative account of James's attitudes and activities during the period in question. The volume closes, appropriately, with James's decision in 1875, at age thirty-two, to move permanently to Europe.

「Nielsen BookData」より

[目次]

  • Introduction Brief Chronology 1. Withdrawal from London 1895-1900 2. The Edwardian Novels 1900-1904 3. The American Scene 1904-1905 4. Revisions 1905-1910 5. Terminations 1911-1915 Appendixes I. William James on Henry James II. Edith Wharton's Subsidy of The Ivory Tower III. The Autobiographies IV. "A Curse Not Less Explicit Than Shakespeare's Own" V. The Deathbed Dictation VI. Holdings of Henry James's Letters Index

「Nielsen BookData」より

[目次]

  • Introduction Brief Chronology 1. Boyhood and Youth 1843-1861 2. Beginnings 1861- 1868 3. The Grand Tour 1869-1870 4. A Season in Cambridge 1870-1872 5. Travel and Opportunity 1872-1874 6. The Choice 1874-1875 Index

「Nielsen BookData」より

この本の情報

書名 Letters
著作者等 Edel, Leon
James, Henry
James H.
書名別名 Henry James letters
巻冊次 v. 1. 1843-1875
v. 2. 1875-1883
v. 3. 1883-1895
v. 4. 1895-1916
出版元 Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
刊行年月 1974-1984
ページ数 4 v.
大きさ 22 cm
ISBN 0674387813
0674387821
067438783X
0674387805
NCID BA00641712
※クリックでCiNii Booksを表示
言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
この本を: 
このエントリーをはてなブックマークに追加

このページを印刷

外部サイトで検索

この本と繋がる本を検索

ウィキペディアから連想