The Complete Plays of Henry James

The Complete Plays of Henry James

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Originally published in 1949, The Complete Plays of Henry James revealed how the novelist, after repeated attempts to succeed on stage, used his dramatic experience to create his major novels written after 1900. This masterful new edition by prize-winning biographer Leon Edel now charts James's posthumous success in the modern media. Through examination of the plays themselves, Edel brings to light the irony of James's dramatic novels--novels that achieved the kind of success in video and film that James had desperately sought in the theater of the 1890s. Corrected and carefully updated, this pathbreaking collection thus completes the story first told four decades ago, and includes additional data that has surfaced in recent years.show more

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  • Hardback
  • 157.48 x 238.76 x 50.8mm | 1,238.3g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195043790
  • 9780195043792

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"Mr. Edel has done a magnificent editorial work. Why should the word 'painstaking' carry implications of dullness? Here every pain has been taken and every pain has its reward. Each play has a separate factual preface of extreme readability; particularly fascinating is the long preface to Guy Domville which traces the disastrous first night almost hour by hour."--Graham Greene"Edel gives a swift and fascinating account of what was probably James's most hideous hour, the first night of his play Guy Domville."--James Thurber, The New Yorker"A new edition of a triumphant work of investigatory scholarship....Edel's thick book still seems as fundamental and irreplaceable as a primary source."--English Literature in Transition"Jamesian aficionados will be delighted by the republication of Leon Edel's edition of The Complete Plays."--American Literary Scholarship"In typical Edel fashion, this is the definitive work on Henry James as playwright."--Stanley Weintraub, Pennsylvania State University "Mr. Edel has done a magnificent editorial work. Why should the word 'painstaking' carry implications of dullness? Here every pain has been taken and every pain has its reward. Each play has a separate factual preface of extreme readability; particularly fascinating is the long preface to Guy Domville which traces the disastrous first night almost hour by hour."--Graham Greene"Edel gives a swift and fascinating account of what was probably James's most hideous hour, the first night of his play Guy Domville."--James Thurber, The New Yorker"A new edition of a triumphant work of investigatory scholarship....Edel's thick book still seems as fundamental and irreplaceable as a primary source."--English Literature in Transition"Jamesian aficionados will be delighted by the republication of Leon Edel's edition of The Complete Plays."--American Literary Scholarship"In typical Edel fashion, this is the definitive work on Henry James as playwright."--Stanley Weintraub, Pennsylvania State University "Mr. Edel has done a magnificent editorial work. Why should the word 'painstaking' carry implications of dullness? Here every pain has been taken and every pain has its reward. Each play has a separate factual preface of extreme readability; particularly fascinating is the long preface to Guy Domville which traces the disastrous first night almost hour by hour."--Graham Greene "Edel gives a swift and fascinating account of what was probably James's most hideous hour, the first night of his play Guy Domville."--James Thurber, The New Yorker "A new edition of a triumphant work of investigatory scholarship....Edel's thick book still seems as fundamental and irreplaceable as a primary source."--English Literature in Transition "Jamesian aficionados will be delighted by the republication of Leon Edel's edition of The Complete Plays."--American Literary Scholarship "In typical Edel fashion, this is the definitive work on Henry James as playwright."--Stanley Weintraub, Pennsylvania State University "Mr. Edel has done a magnificent editorial work. Why should the word 'painstaking' carry implications of dullness? Here every pain has been taken and every pain has its reward. Each play has a separate factual preface of extreme readability; particularly fascinating is the long preface to GuyDomville which traces the disastrous first night almost hour by hour."--Graham Greene"Edel gives a swift and fascinating account of what was probably James's most hideous hour, the first night of his play Guy Domville."--James Thurber, The New Yorker"A new edition of a triumphant work of investigatory scholarship....Edel's thick book still seems as fundamental and irreplaceable as a primary source."--English Literature in Transition"Jamesian aficionados will be delighted by the republication of Leon Edel's edition of The Complete Plays."--American Literary Scholarship"In typical Edel fashion, this is the definitive work on Henry James as playwright."--Stanley Weintraub, Pennsylvania State Universityshow more

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