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Henry James: A Very Short Introduction

Susan L. Mizruchi

24 June 2021

ISBN: 9780190944384

136 pages

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99



From his childhood in a family of leading American intellectuals through his mature life as a major American man of letters, Henry James created a unique body of fiction that represents one of the greatest achievements in the nation's literary history.

In this introduction to the work of Henry James, Susan L. Mizruchi places his notoriously difficult and obscure writings in their historical and biographical context. Among the works treated are Washington Square, The Europeans, The Portrait of a Lady, The Golden Bowl, and The Turn of the Screw. These complex accounts of human experience engage with the vital issues of both James's era and our own - gender relations, sexuality, the nature of modernity, the threat of relativism, the role of art. A consistent subject of both literary theory and popular culture, Henry James has had an impact that cannot be overstated.

  • Presents a famously difficult author in an intriguing and accessible way
  • Gives a broad picture of the life and work of Henry James
  • Discusses James's significant literary and cultural impact

About the Author(s)

Susan L. Mizruchi, William Arrowsmith Professor in the Humanities, Boston University

Susan L. Mizruchi is William Arrowsmith Professor in the Humanities, Boston University and Director of the Boston University Center for the Humanities. Her previous books include Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age (2020) and Brando's Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work (2015).

Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1 Becoming Henry James
    2 Global apprenticeship
    3 The James brand
    4 Professional author
    5 Masterpieces
    Further reading


"This is a swift, efficient approach to James's oeuvre, perfect for students and general readers." - Publisher's Weekly