Edited by Leon Edel, 'Henry James: A Collection of Critical Essays,' a Spectrum Book, from Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1963.
Henry James: A Collection of Critical Essays is a 186 page softcover measuring 8" x 5 1/4". There is rubbing to the dark cover. There are remainder marks along the top page edges. Inside, some of the pages have light markings in ink. The condition is good.
Always considered a "difficult" artist, Henry James has been made easier to appreciate by the criticism he has attracted in this century. Many of the essays chosen for this collection by Leon Edel, James's Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, are appraisals by fellow artists. They span more than a half a century of criticism and express viewpoints as diverse as the personalities and preoccupations of their authors.
Member of a great American family, James helped establish the tradition of the expatriate artist--the artist who is often the most acute judge of his countrymen. From the essays included here emerges the picture of a man of personal and literary integrity, an observer with endless interest in and tolerance for life, an artist descending from the lofty realms of his father's New England transcendentalism to explore the dangerous, the beautiful worlds of other cultures and to record the daring psychological voyages of which the courageous human mind is capable.
These essays help the reader to understand James's techniques, to evaluate his artistic worth, and to gain a feeling for the man behind of of America's major literary achievements.Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 63-20365