A good little biography which affords a fresh glimpse into the life and work of this literary lion, who was a key figure in 19th century realism. The author examines his childhood, travels, experiences and acquaintances, all of which appear to varying degrees in his writing. Perfect for the general reader and the James enthusiast.
Henry James is famed for the psychological depth of his characters; for his remarkable ability to penetrate to the inner life. Yet the story of his own inner life remains curiously obscure. The best known facts about James - his illustrious, wealthy family and famous siblings; his prolific literary output with its numerous quirky female heroines; his long-term bachelorhood, and the rumours that accompanied it; and his flamboyant adoption of British citizenship in 1915 - have created a certain mythology surrounding the author. In this succinct new biography, Hazel Hutchison examines the man behind the writing. Exploring the author's life, works and critical heritage, Brief Lives: Henry James presents a fresh take on one of the central figures in the English canon - perfect for both the general reader and the James enthusiast.