Posts Tagged: henry james

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #122: Nathan Hill

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“Write what you want to write, he said, and let other people deal with taxonomies.”

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The Old Fetal Narrative

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Maybe it has something to do with the watery world that a fetus inhabits—our words taking on the summersaulting quality of an internal water ballet.

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Women Writers Lost and Found

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Henry James found in the stories of Constance Fenimore Woolson “a remarkable minuteness of observation and tenderness of feeling on the part of one who evidently did not glance and pass, but lingered and analyzed.” There’s a roll call of rediscovered and canonical women writers at Salon. From Clarice Lispector and Lucia Berlin, to Zora Neale […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Jessa Crispin

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Jessa Crispin talks about The Dead Ladies Project and The Creative Tarot, founding Bookslut, why she has an antagonistic relationship with the publishing industry, and her estrangement from modern feminism.

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The British and American Henry James

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The memorial in Chelsea Old Church tactfully describes him as “a resident of this parish who renounced a cherished citizenship to give his allegiance to England in the first year of the Great War”—the “cherished” insisting from the grave that James had been a good American. The Paris Review marks the hundredth anniversary of Henry James’s […]

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The Sunday Rumpus Essay: How To Make Sure Your Writing Is Forgotten

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Do you really want to have to listen from the grave as students discuss your themes and scholars analyze your syntax and trace your influence?

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The Rumpus Interview with Garth Greenwell

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Garth Greenwell discusses his debut novel, What Belongs to You, crossing boundaries, language as defense, and the queer tradition of novel writing that blurs boundaries between fiction and essay and autobiography.

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The Aesthetic Sentence

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At Open Letters Monthly, Rohan Maitzen discusses the language of Henry James and the cost of a writer’s search for linguistic, aesthetic perfection: …what he interprets as a sign of progress feels to me, as the reader I am, like a loss, a decline. There’s something claustrophobic about this highly-crafted prose that never rushes, that’s […]

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A Brief History of Pandering

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Erasing women writers like Woolson carries immense implications. It creates an environment ripe for the continued marginalization and silencing of women’s voices today.

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The Saturday Rumpus Review: Güeros

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It’s a literal confrontation of his metaphorical fear, a visual take on Rilke’s words: to view Güeros is to see a “thing poem” on the screen, to witness something like “The Panther” materialize.

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Joseph Conrad’s Thank-You Note to Henry James

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Clothed in the wonderful garment of your prose, they have stood, consoling, by my side under many skies,” Conrad wrote. “I trust that you will consent, by accepting this copy, to augment the precious burden of my gratitude. UT Austin’s Ransom Center released Project REVEAL, digitizing 25 of its manuscript collections. Pull up a chair […]

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Before There Was Facebook, There Was Oscar Wilde with a Yellow Handkerchief

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In January 1882, before he wrote “The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, or any of the great works for which we honor him today,” Oscar Wilde went on a tour throughout the United States, lecturing about interior decorating, craft-making, and home aesthetics. In Washington, Henry James, always envious of the young […]

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Henry James & The Great YA Debate

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Responding to the ongoing debate about whether or not American literature is saturated with young adult fiction (and if adults should read these novels), Christopher Beha, in the New Yorker, addresses A.O. Scott’s recent essay in the New York Times Magazine. While Scott dismisses Henry James and Edith Wharton as “outliers,” Beha refutes this point, […]

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You Might Never Find Your Way Back: Shirley Jackson’s Hangsaman

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There are other odd, improbable, tenuous connections, as if Hangsaman had a secret way of speaking to (or through) other artifacts beyond its time.

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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Whoops! MacMillian is in trouble with The World Bank for offering bribes to Sudanese officials in exchange for textbook contracts. (via Bookninja) “35 essential posthuman novels.” (via Largehearted Boy) On that note, this is what happens when musicians read sci-fi. Apparently, Henry James thought historical fiction was “fatally cheap.” Austin Ratner has some choice words, […]

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