Letters, Fictions, Lives

Letters, Fictions, Lives : Henry James and William Dean Howells

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This volume attempts to determine the early influence shared between William Dean Howells and Henry James by reconstructing and evaluating documentary evidence of their literary cross-fertilization. Of the 151 letters included in this volume - most of the extant correspondence between the two men - only half have been printed elsewhere. All items previously unpublished are letters by James. The selection represents each writer's most significant criticism of the other, providing a valuable tool for historically informed comprehension and appreciation of both men's work.show more

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  • Hardback | 510 pages
  • 162.3 x 241 x 38.4mm | 1,000.26g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • halftones
  • 0195061195
  • 9780195061192

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The complex and shifting economic and literary co-ordinates of the 151 letters that comprise Michael Anesko's magnificent edition of the Howells-James correspondence make fascinating reading ... Anesko traces with impeccable scholarship (background essays, published materials by one on the other, annotations and textual notes) an unusual but enduring epistolary relationship. * Dombnall Mitchell, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, ?? journal * a book that will simply be indispensable for scholars of American literature ... Anesko organizes his plot with great flair: there are births, marriages and deaths in abundance, some insanity, scheming publishers, failures and successes galore. * Peter Rawlings, American Studies, 33:2 1999 *show more

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