Henry James Collected Travel Writings: Great Britain and America: English Hours / The American Scene / Other Travels Book

Henry James Collected Travel Writings: Great Britain and America: English Hours / The American Scene / Other Travels Book

Collected Travel Writings: Great Britain and America: English Hours / The American Scene / Other Travels

Collected in this Library of America volume and its companion for the first time, Henry James s travel books and essays display his distinctive charm and vivacity of style, his sensuous response to the beauty of place, and his penetrating, sometimes sardonically amusing analysis of national characteristics and customs Observant, alert, imaginative, these works remain un Collected in this Library of America volume and its companion for the first time, Henry James s travel books and essays display his distinctive charm and vivacity of style, his sensuous response to the beauty of place, and his penetrating, sometimes sardonically amusing analysis of national characteristics and customs Observant, alert, imaginative, these works remain unsurpassed guides to the countries they describe, and they form an important part of James s extraordinary achievement in literature.This volume brings together James s writing on Great Britain and America The essays of English Hours 1905 convey the freshness of James s wonderments and judgments and emotions on first encountering the country that became his adopted home for half a century He captures the immensely varied life of London in a series of walks through that murky, modern Babylon, which contains the most romantic town vistas in the world Lively vignettes of a winter visit to an unfashionable watering place and excursions to the cathedral towns of Wells and Salisbury are followed by a haunting evocation of the desolate Suffolk coast at Dunwich James includes the vivid account of a New Year s weekend at a perfectly appointed country house, midsummer dog days in London, and the spectacle of the Derby at Epsom In every essay he enriches his portrait of the English character, governed by social conventions and yet prone to startling eccentricities Joseph Pennell s delightful illustrations, which appeared in the original edition, are reprinted with James s text.In The American Scene 1907 James revisits his native country after a twenty year absence, traveling throughout the eastern United States from Boston to Florida Views of the Hudson River arouse memories of his own past the river seemed to stretch back to the earliest outlook of my consciousness, he writes James s poignant rediscovery of what remained of the New York of his childhood the precious stretch of street between Washington Square and Fourteenth Street contrasts with his impression of the modern, commercial New York, a new city representing a particular type of dauntless power crowned not only with no history, but with no credible possibility of time for history Edmund Wilson, who praised The American Scene s magnificent solidity and brilliance, remarked that it was as if his emotions had suddenly been given scope, his genius for expression liberated Sixteen essays on traveling in England, Scotland, and America conclude this volume The essays, most of which have never been collected, range from early pieces on London, Saratoga, and Newport, to articles on World War One that are among James s final writings

Title : Collected Travel Writings: Great Britain and America: English Hours / The American Scene / Other Travels
Author :  Henry James
Language : English
Isbn : 0940450763
Format : Hardcover
Pages : 868 pages

Rating: 4.4

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