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Il diario 1889-1892

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
The unknown sister of novelist Henry James, Jr. shows herself to be a formidable individual in her own right.
Paperback, 225 pages
Published 1985 by La Tartaruga (first published April 29th 1982)
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I'm going through a spell of reader's block right now, flitting promiscuously from book to book, never settling down for very long, so maybe poor old Alice is just a victim of my impatience. I really DID want to like her, though, if only so I could get all contrarian and tell people that Alice was the true genius in the James family, William and Henry being mere intellectual usurpers (as some of the cruder feminist fantasies would have it.)

She was definitely a clever lady, and inherited the Jam
Dec 19, 2007 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diaries, performance
i have always had a huge crush for alice...
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Jun 03, 2012 Sam Schulman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Middle-aged Swedenborgian-bred Nineteenth Century Feminist Heroines Telling Jokes.

After all these decades of evading the reading of my old friend Jeannie Strouse's biography of Alice James, I realized that I took my evasion so far that I never knew there was such a thing as AJ's published diary. I'm sorry I didn't know it earlier. It is one of the funnier books I've read, and not just amusing because of AJ's often self-puncturing sense of humor. What I would never have suspected is that, second
Oct 29, 2016 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alice's James writing is wonderful, ironic and sarcastic, an important historical document of illness too, especially the folly of doctors in their diagnosis of 'hysteria', 'neurasthenia' and the other synonyms. I could only give the whole book 3 stars because Leon Edel, like many, including Ruth Yeazell and Jean Strouse, and even Susan Sontag, are so seduced by historical (and modern day) psychogenic explanations (despite their ever more obvious flaws), that this colours their whole appraisal o ...more
Oct 16, 2008 Sara-Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara-Maria by: willy james
good to read in the bathtub or while eating pie.
Jan 11, 2015 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rather liked this sad paperback with its tattered edges. This diary covers a fragment of the author's life, I will try to track down a biography because there are more questions than answers here.

There is a lot of material that is lost on me—the day to day news filled with names and places that I know nothing about. Although the Irish deal and her musings on the local poor were absorbing enough. Checking Wikipedia to refresh my knowledge, I recognize the name of Michel Collins. There are pict
Aug 07, 2007 Jenny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people in need of bummers
Shelves: truestory
i learned from this book that alice james, the sister of william james, a man i adore, and henry james, an author i sometimes enjoy, is vapid and b-o-r-i-n-g.
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Alice James was a American diarist. The only daughter of Henry James, Sr., and sister of psychologist and philosopher William James and novelist Henry James, she is known mainly for the posthumously published diary that she kept in her final years, which has made James something of a feminist icon: she was seen as struggling through her mental and physical illnesses to find her own voice.
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“Who would ever give up the reality of dreams for relative knowledge?” 5 likes
“In looking back now, I see how it began in my childhood, altho’ I was not conscious of the necessity until ’67 or ’68 when I broke down first, acutely, and had violent turns of hysteria. As I lay prostrate after the storm with my mind luminous and active and susceptible of the clearest, strongest impressions, I saw so distinctly that it was a fight simply between my body and my will, a battle in which the former was to be triumphant to the end....So, with the rest, you abandon the pit of your stomach, the palms of your hands, the soles of your feet, and refuse to keep them sane when you find in turn one moral impression after another producing despair in the one, terror in the others, anxiety in the third and so on until life becomes one long flight from remote suggestion and complicated eluding of the multifold traps set for your undoing.” 3 likes
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