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The Critical Muse: Selected Literary Criticism

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'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.
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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 ...more
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