. Essays on literature. American writers. English writers -- [. French writers. Other European writers. The prefaces to the New York edition.
Henry James(1843-1916), born in New York City, was the son of noted religious philosopher Henry James, Sr., and brother of eminent psychologist and philosopher William James. His many works includeWashington Square(1880),The Portrait of a Lady(1881),The Princess Casamassima(1886),The Aspern Papers(1888),The Turn of the Screw(1898), and three large novels of the new century,The Wings of the Dove(1902),The Ambassadors(1903) andThe Golden Bowl(1904). He died in London in February 1916. Leon Edel(1907-1997), volume editor, was professor of English at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. His five-volume biography of Henry James received both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Mark Wilson, associate editor of this volume, was professor of English at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
"Also, we realize, James possessed a point of view tailor-made for the vocation of literary criticism. The critic's life, he wrote in one essay, 'is heroic, for it is immensely vicarious. He has to understand for others.'"- The New York Times