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By Greg W. Zacharias

ISBN-10: 1405140429

ISBN-13: 9781405140423

Written via many of the world's such a lot amazing Henry James students, this leading edge choice of essays offers the main up to date scholarship on James’s writings on hand this present day.

  • Provides a vital, up to date connection with the paintings and scholarship of Henry James
  • Features the writing of quite a lot of James students
  • Places James’s writings inside nationwide contexts—American, English, French, and Italian
  • Offers either an outline of latest James scholarship and a innovative source for learning vital person subject matters

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Nevertheless, to be American is to be implicated in materialism, as we see in “Daisy Miller,” Portrait of a Lady, and Wings of the Dove. Displaying a length of satin, Margaret cries: “Isn’t it a lovely pink – it’s almost red . . ” (James 1999a: 349). It is Paul, however, who fades and dies; Margaret becomes insane. The color of the silk represents not only death but also the money that she has innocently drained from Paul. James’s conclusion substitutes madness for marriage, satisfying the curse; but in fact the curse is no more than a device to drive the plot.

Horowitz’s The Uncollected Henry James (London: Duckworth, 2004), a group of unsigned magazine stories written between 1852 and 1869 and attributed to James by Horowitz. The attribution is implausible, and the stories’ sole merit is to expose the dismal fare available to magazine readers, and by contrast to highlight the superiority of James’s earliest writings to this kind of dross. James here introduces two elements into the story that were to continue to preoccupy him: dress and money. In James’s first ghost story, “A Romance of Certain Old Clothes” of 1868, two sisters fight over a man.

But Euphemia de Mauves is almost exclusively “Madame de Mauves” throughout the story of that title of 1874. The salient fact of her marriage, already in the past at the start of the story, when Longmore first sees her, is the nail on which the plot hangs: her married state is therefore foregrounded. James is not particularly interested in marriage as an institution, but what does concern him are its effects on the individual, its human relations, 26 Clair Hughes its unseen intimacies and cruelties, the web of involvements, loyalties kept or betrayed.

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