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Henry James: The Master: 1901-1916 (The Life of Henry James #5)

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Henry James, the Master: 1901-1916 by Leon Edel
Paperback, 591 pages
Published 1978 by Avon Books (first published 1972)
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Jee Koh
Mar 19, 2009 Jee Koh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last night I finished reading the fifth, and final, volume of Leon Edel's biography of Henry James. I started reading Volume One in December, and now it is March. The reading was fitful, most of it done during school breaks and long weekends. Coming to the end of the massive Life, I read "New York 1950-Honolulu 1971." I take the dates to mark the start and the end of the writing of this biography, though the dreaming and conception of such a work presumably began even earlier. So, at least, 21 ...more
Sharone
Apr 30, 2009 Sharone rated it really liked it
Edel is considered the ultimate Henry James expert, and he definitely gives off the sense of being immersed in James' life and work. I suppose it is his knowledge of James that gives him the confidence to make some of the assumptions he does about what James thinks and feels at a given moment.

In general I liked Edel's approach to the biography - in the introduction to this volume he writes about his non-traditional structure and rather imaginative approach, which he sees as dictated by the mater
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Ann
Oct 28, 2013 Ann rated it liked it
I did it. I read all five volumes of Henry James' biography! It really hurt when close to the end, I submitted to the temptation of Google and was dismayed to find that the 1972 New York Review of Books attributed the length of Leon Edel's biography to " glut of detail, of which much is only of minor interest." I beg your pardon, Philip Rahv, I loved every G-train escaping minute of it. 2,091 pages. Somebody agrees with me: it's a goddamn Pulitzer Prize winner after all. I miss ole HJ already. ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Life of Henry James (5 books)
  • Henry James: The Untried Years: 1843-1870
  • Henry James: The Conquest of London: 1870-1881
  • Henry James: The Middle Years: 1882-1895
  • Henry James: The Treacherous Years: 1895-1901

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