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Henry James Goes to Paris
by Peter Brooks
Henry James's reputation as The Master is so familiar that it's hard to imagine he was ever someone on whom some things really were lost. This is the story of the year--1875 to 1876--when the young novelist moved to Paris, drawn by his literary idols living at the center of the early modern movement in art. As Peter Brooks skillfully recounts, James largely failed to appre ...more
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Princeton University Press
(first published January 22nd 2007)
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Decades ago I decided that I would know that I had grown old when I prefer biography to any other genre and when I begin to enjoy Henry James' late novels and to understand criticism of his work. For years, I thought that I was merely middle-aged when I started reading series of biographies of individuals, never just one, with great pleasure. (I've now read 16 biographies/biographical studies of HJ.) But now, I've just finished Gorra's new book, Portrait of a Novel, and Brooks', Henry James Goes ...more
Peter Brooks is the author of Henry James Goes to Paris, Realist Vision, Troubling Confessions, Reading for the Plot, The Melodramatic Imagination, and a number of other books, including the historical novel World Elsewhere. He taught for many years at Yale, where he was Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature, and currently is Andrew W. Mellon Scholar at Princeton.More about Peter Brooks...