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Henry James

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally ...more
Hardcover, 130 pages
Published June 4th 2009 by BiblioLife (first published June 28th 1974)
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Rick
Jan 29, 2012 Rick rated it it was amazing
Having always been of two minds about Henry James, I found Rebecca West’s 1918 book on James particularly satisfying. She acknowledges and admires James’s brilliance, but she is not slow to point out that his work is uneven and that some of it is just plain rubbish. West’s book is engaging and floridly written, and one will certainly not find it boring. It is also filled with gems like the following:

“With sentences vast as the granite blocks of the Pyramids and a scene that would have made a sit
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Cici
Aug 26, 2015 Cici rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is my first read of a book by Rebecca West, which achieves merely a first sampling of West's mordant wit and prodigious intelligence. Her writing is engaging and vigorously charged with both critical views and emotions. Metaphors and similes are often used to deliver images to readers mind, often successfully if occasionally overwrought. This is a writer I should continue to read.

Henry James, the subject matter of this biography, shared a prominent position in the literary and intellectual
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Jun 16, 2014 Tony rated it liked it
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HENRY JAMES. (1916). Rebecca West. ***.
This was Ms. West’s first book. I’m surprised that she moved on from this after having to read all of James’ works again in preparation. It’s obvious that she was taking notes while perusing the New York Edition of the works of James. I got the distinct impression that, on the whole, she didn’t care for his writings, although there were some short stories and a few novels that she thought highly of. She spent some time telling of his early life and his intr
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Jul 16, 2014 Henry Sturcke rated it it was amazing
It takes a healthy self-confidence to devote your first book to poking a hole in the reputation of one of the most eminent writers of your time, but this is a task West successfully mastered. Armchair psychologists might suppose that there was an element of rage at the father who abandoned her as well, but that doesn't take away from the sparkling writing and the well-developed critical sense. Highly recommended.
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Cicely Isabel Fairfield, known by her pen name Rebecca West, or Dame Rebecca West, DBE was an English author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer. A prolific, protean author who wrote in many genres, West was committed to feminist and liberal principles and was one of the foremost public intellectuals of the twentieth century. She reviewed books for The Times, the New York Herald ...more
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