|Title||:||The James Family: A Group Biography, Together With Selections from the Writings of Henry James, Senior, William, Henry and Alice James|
|Number of Pages||:||706 Pages|
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The James Family: A Group Biography, Together With Selections from the Writings of Henry James, Senior, William, Henry and Alice James Reviews
This is an amazing source of information. It has the text of Henry James, Sr.'s unfinished autobiography, about 20 pages of text,but the best way to understand how he thought. There are many other parts of articles and reviews by family members. There are some nice visual portraits, including HJ Sr.'s wife. There are then "portraits" of individuals such as Carlyle, Hawthorne, Whitman, and Howells, developed from writings about and to these people by members of the James family. The other three children besides WJ and HJ are included in some detail. I read a copy that looks like it has been chewed on by a dog, which just added to the effect. Here is a quote from HJ on what it was like to be with WJ: "Whenever one is with William one receives such an immense accession of suggestion and impression that the memory of the episode remains bathed for one in the very liquidity of his extraordinary play of mind." I don't suppose I have much to say to compare to that.
Very well written and fascinating.The entire family was unbelievably accomplished.Their great grandfather arrived as a penniless Irish immigrant and founded a dynasty with a lasting impact on many aspects of the US and the world, including the Erie Canal, Albany as the capital of NY, psychology and literature.
I always liked William (philosophy) better than Henry (fiction) who seemed too remote. And I was fascinated with Senior, the Swedenborgian. Spent time among the friends -- Holmes, Peirce, James, others of the late New England 19th century.