Henry james essay on emerson

Gordon Pirie in his work about Henry James states that he was most influenced by Balzac, whose work ''with its immense accumulations of background detail, its obvious psychological and moral crudities, its rash generalisations'' (Pirie 1974: 19) may seem to have little in common with James's work, but he saw Balzac as the first truly professional novelist, who was seriously devoted to his art. There might have been some great English novelists, James was impressed by the works of George Eliot, but the English were aesthetically naпve. It was Balzac who had given the art of fiction its proper dignity.

Bitterfly had earlier asked me some nicely framed questions about James and American innocence, and I think the issue is worth continued discussion under James as a specific author. Here is how we started the discussion, and as an avid Jamesian, there are many aspects to it: Originally Posted by Bitterfly Speaking about James, I was interested in what you said about the American voice being characterised by its innocence, Jozanny. If you read my post, would you care to explain? Do you mean there are many innocent narrators, or that there's a general wistfulness for a lost age of innocence? I would have said that innocence, its loss and its quest were themes rather than ...

Henry james essay on emerson

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