A Small Boy and Others: A Critical Edition

A Small Boy and Others A Critical Edition Henry James was the final survivor of a remarkable family and his memoir written at the end of a long and tireless career was prompted initially by the death of his ideal Elder Brother the psychol

  • Title: A Small Boy and Others: A Critical Edition
  • Author: Henry James Peter Collister
  • ISBN: 9780813930824
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • Henry James was the final survivor of a remarkable family, and his memoir, written at the end of a long and tireless career, was prompted initially by the death of his ideal Elder Brother, the psychologist and philosopher William James A Small Boy and Others recounts the novelist s earliest years in Albany and, importantly, New York City, where he was allowed to waHenry James was the final survivor of a remarkable family, and his memoir, written at the end of a long and tireless career, was prompted initially by the death of his ideal Elder Brother, the psychologist and philosopher William James A Small Boy and Others recounts the novelist s earliest years in Albany and, importantly, New York City, where he was allowed to wander at will He evokes the theatrical entertainments he enjoyed, the varied social scene in which the family mixed, and the piecemeal nature of his education With the first of several extended trips, the romance of Europe begins as the small boy becomes acquainted with a British culture already familiar from his precocious reading of the great Victorian novelists And it is in France, in the Louvre s Galerie d Apollon, that he undergoes an initiation into the aesthetic power of great art and an intimation of all the fun it might bring him Yet the child also registered, within this privileged and extended family group, signs of dysfunction and failure James s autobiography has significantly determined the nature and even the terms of the extensive biographical and critical interest he continues to enjoy This first fully annotated critical edition of A Small Boy and Others, which guides the reader through the allusive complexities of James s prose, also offers fresh insights into the formative years of one of literature s most influential figures.

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    1. Beset as one avowedly is by vernal distractions—I speak of those amplitudes of exposed bosom, those beguiling expanses of derrière sheathed in lycra, whose appearance heralds, more surely than the robin, the advent of spring—thus beset, I say, it is doubtful whether a mere book review, however eagerly undertaken, could represent the ideal disposal of one’s lamentably scant provision of time and energy.Yeah, I’ll stop now, cuz man, writing like Henry James is almost as exhausting as read [...]

    2. After reading all (yes, all!) his novels, I've concluded that with late Henry James, there is no point trying to analyse and understand every sentence. It's like listening to late Beethoven Quartets - enjoy the sound and don't worry overmuch about how it's made. I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir of Henry's childhood, replete as it is with eccentric family members, the joy of theatre and art, and the obvious happiness of his growing up.

    3. zinger:i in any case can't pretend not to have been most appealed to by that especial phase of our education from which thepedagogic process as commonly understood was most fantastically absent.

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