By Greg W. Zacharias
Written by way of the various world's so much amazing Henry James students, this leading edge choice of essays presents the main updated scholarship on JamesвЂ™s writings on hand this present day.
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This is where we can surely not resist the temptation to read back from the major fiction. And reading back deepens our understanding as we reach for comparisons. Isabel Archer’s return to Osmond takes on a note of menace; Morris Townsend looks sadder; Mrs. Ambient more intelligible; Maggie Verver’s stratagems are an intelligent replay of Euphemia’s; and Madame de Vionnet’s more poignant wistful desire to be the woman Strether had idealized. All can be read as a return to the broken figure of de Mauves.
James said he wanted to create a “palpable imaginable visitable past” ( James 1984b: 1177) in his fiction, not, as he wrote to Sarah Orne Jewett, a pastiche of “little facts that can be got from pictures & documents, relics & prints” (Horne 1999: 360). Camillo now lives in a past that is visitable and, to him, preferable to the present. James’s Shorter Fiction, 1865–1878 25 “You admired his antique simplicity,” the narrator says crossly to Martha, “you see how far it goes . . ” ( James 1999a: 822).
Arranging these marriages” (Trollope 1929: 624). He nevertheless continued to confect his inevitable “only endings,” meriting James’s accusation in his essay of 1914, “The New Novel,” against his Victorian confrères, of being “as sentimental, as romantic . . as shamelessly ‘dodgy’ . . just in order not to be close and fresh, not to be authentic” (James 1984a: 130). James, as we have seen, resisted “dodginess” from the start. These early stories direct our reading and understanding in various ways, but in no way more seriously or more disturbingly than in their exploration of the bad deals that marriage can offer.
A Companion to Henry James by Greg W. Zacharias