On Henry James

The Best from American Literature

On Henry James

Best from American Literature

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Book Pages: 328 Illustrations: Published: September 1990

American Studies, Literature and Literary Studies > Literary Criticism

From 1929 to the latest issue, American Literature has been the foremost journal expressing the findings of those who study our national literature. American Literature has published the best work of literary historians, critics, and bibliographers, ranging from the founders of discipline to the best current critics and researchers. The longevity of this excellence lends a special distinction to the articles in American Literature.

Presented in order of their first appearance, the articles in each volume constitute a revealing record of developing insights and important shifts of critical emphasis. Each article has opened a fresh line of inquiry, established a fresh perspective on a familiar topic, or settled a question that engaged the interest of experts.


“The journal American Literature was founded in 1929 and since that time has regularly published important articles on the study of literature in the United States. Many of the articles that appeared in the journal have, in fact, become the ‘standard view’ or ‘the final word’ on a particular literary subject. . . . The series will be an important acquisition for every college library.” — Choice


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Series Introduction vii

Young Henry James, Critic (1949) / Laurence Barrett 1

Henry James, Lecturer (1951) / Marie P. Harris 17

James's Portrait of the Southerner (1955) / Charles R. Anderson 30

The Triple Quest of James: Fame, Art, and Fortune (1956) / Alfred R. Ferguson 53

James's Last Portrait of a Lady: Charlotte Stant in The Golden Bowl (1957) / Jean Kimball 77

James's "Moral Policeman": William Dean Howells (1958) / Oscar Cargill 97

Past Perfect Retrospection in the Style of James (1962) / Hisayoshi Watanabe 125

James and the Morality of Fiction (1967) / Robert J. Reilly 142

A "Shade of a Special Sense": Henry James and the Art of Naming (1970) / Joyce Tayloe Horrell 172

Marriage and the New Woman in The Portrait of a Lady (1975) / Annette Niemtzow 190

Feminist Sources in The Bostonians (1979) / Sara deSaussure Davis 209

Criticism and Autobiography in James's Prefaces (1979) / William R. Goetz 227

Strategies for Survival in James's The Golden Bowl (1983) / Catherine Cox Wessel 243

The Selfish Eye: Strether's Principles of Psychology (1984) / Susan M. Griffin 258

James's Rewriting of Minny Temple's Letters (1986) / Alfred Habegger 272

Hypothetical Discourse as Ficelle in The Golden Bowl (1989) / Arlene Young 294

Index 311

Notes on Contributors 315
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Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-1064-8
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