Travels with Henry James

Travels with Henry James

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To travel with James in these pages is to take an unhurried vacation with a thoroughly seasoned, supremely cultivated, acutely intelligent companion. Our guide is a curious, engaged observer not only of landscapes and streets and cathedrals but also of paintings and plays and the characteristics,national, social, and individual,of the people we encounter at his side. This is a book to be read slowly, the better to absorb its sights and sounds, its insights and reflections." ,from the foreword by Hendrik HertzbergBrimming with charm, wit, and biting criticism, this new collection of travel essays reintroduces Henry James as a formidable travel companion. Whether for a trip to Lake George or an afternoon visit to an art exhibit in Paris, James will delight readers with his insights and make them feel nostalgic for places they've never been.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 142 x 192 x 27mm | 348g
  • Avalon Publishing Group
  • Nation Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 12 BW illustrations throughout
  • 1568585772
  • 9781568585772
  • 38,678

Review quote

"Henry James preempted me by a century or so. When I started Conde Nast Traveler in 1986, the ambition was to bring truth to travel, contraband in those days of souped-up public relations and freebies, but relieve the rawness of our independent criticism with the literary graces of such as Robert Hughes, Pico Iyer, Christopher Buckley, Edmund White, Simon Winchester. Well, Henry James made the felicitous combination of honesty and literature before I was born, and this little book is a joy I wish I'd read before. It's small enough to slip into a side pocket. Travel with Henry James. You will never be bored!" --Harold Evans, Conde Nast Traveler "This is a fascinating collection of reports from travels in England, Europe and the United States, as the young Henry James finds his voice. In this pages he discovers the tone which will become his hallmark as a writer of fiction, a tone which is both precise and leisurely, filled with shapely sentences, and also witty and sharp and perceptive" --Colm Toibin "No writer in history was a better describer than James, and nobody could get more mileage from a word like 'physiognomically.' These essays, full of the sweet enthusiasm of the great man's youth, offer vista after vista and delight after delight." --Ian Fraziershow more

About Hendrik Hertzberg

Henry James (1843"1916) is the author of such classic novels as The Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw, Daisy Miller, The Golden Bowl, and Washington Square.show more

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