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A Historical Guide to Henry James

John Carlos Rowe and Eric Haralson


The New York City-born Henry James (1843–1916)—eminent novelist, amateur psychologist, inveterate bachelor—epitomizes, to many, the turn-of-the-century literary observer of social mores. His shrewd portraits of upper-class Anglo-American society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries distilled the differences between the Old World and the New World, the rise of American entrepreneurship, and an aesthetically charged European sensibility. With fictional works like Washington Square, The Turn of the Screw, and The Portrait of a Lady, he displayed characters of great psychological d ... More

Keywords: fiction, New York, Henry James, upper-class Anglo-American society, Old World, New World, entrepreneurship, social mores

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195121353
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195121353.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Carlos Rowe, editor
University of Southern California, Professor of English

Eric Haralson, editor
Stonybrook University, Associate Professor of English

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Front Matter


John Carlos Rowe and Eric Haralson

Henry James, 1843–1916

Kendall Johnson

Henry James in his Time

Objects and Images

Stuart Culver

Henry James in a New Century

John Carlos Rowe

Illustrated Chronology

John Carlos Rowe, and Eric Haralson

Bibliographic Essay

Linda Simon

End Matter