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The Critical Muse: Selected Literary Criticism
'The critic, in his conception, was not the narrow lawgiver or the rigid censor that he is often assumed to be; he was the student, the inquirer, the interpreter, the taker of notes, the active, restless commentator...' James's words on Sainte-Beuve could very easily be applied to himself. The pleasures of his own criticism - wit and urbanity, metaphorical artistry, his ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published October 4th 1988 by Penguin Classics
(first published 1914)
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this book is a very bad one. Henry James I think has had no critical insights or acumen. He dislikes Whitman's poetry and disparages the genius of some of the most acknowledged giants of poesy such as Baudelaire. I think it is not even worth the pains of perusal.
Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr., brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American-born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction. He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death. He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the ...moreMore about Henry James...