If you can grope your way through late James, you’ll find you have moved out of the Victorian era into the modern and, beyond that, into what we have come to refer to as the postmodern. Over at the Smart Set, Paula Marantz Cohen makes the argument that the difficult, late-period Henry James was “too […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
“Mr. Whitman,” [Henry James] harrumphed, “is very fond of blowing his own trumpet.” The Boston Globe celebrates Walt Whitman’s Drum-Taps, which turned 150 this month, and discusses how when it was first published, not everyone thought it was worth celebrating.
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 […]
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, […]
Just in time for Halloween, Flavorwire has compiled a list of the 50 scariest books of all time (with cover art)! The list includes the requisite additions of Stephen King and Richard Matheson, but also literary masters like Margaret Atwood and Henry James!
Happy birthday to Henry James! He pioneered modern fiction techniques with novels like The Portrait of a Lady and The Ambassadors—and of course The Turn of the Screw remains an exemplar of the psychological thriller genre. You can read many of his books, which are now in the public domain, for free here.
Today is the day for ghost stories. At The New Yorker, Brad Leithauser analyzes Henry James’s “The Turn of the Screw,” focusing on the distinction still being puzzled out by readers and scholars alike: were the ghosts real, or was the unnamed governess real crazy? This is the sort of question that keeps stories, ghost […]
This week in New York Colm Tólbín brings Henry James to us, Furnace Press Decomposes, Jonathan Franzen returns home, Sex workers share their family tales, Myla Goldberg gets crafty, Classic cocktails, classic film, Comic and Graphics Fest goes to church, poetry touches on wartime, and Free in ART.