The American Essays

The American Essays

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qNo one, among American writers, was more contemporary or had a more powerful grasp of American history and American myth, q writes Leon Edel of Henry James. This collection of James's essays on American letters, together with some of his miscellaneous writings on other American subjects, is a pivotal document in the reassessment of James as less cloistered--and more American--than previously supposed. James is relaxed and informal as he writes of Emerson, Hawthorne, Lowell, Godkin, Norton, and Howells: he is fondly recalling--but also criticizing--the cultural orthodoxy in which he was reared. The American Essays remarkably prefigures current efforts to revise and challenge the aesthetic idealism of the Emersonian tradition.AN. AMERICAN. ART-SCHOLAR. CHARLES. ELIOT. NORTON1. I gladly embrace the occasion to devote a few words to the honored memory of my distinguished friend the late Charles Eliot Norton, who, dying at Cambridge, Massachusetts, anbsp;...


Title:The American Essays
Author: Henry James, Leon Edel
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 1956
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