The Grasping Imagination: The American Writings of Henry James

The Grasping Imagination: The American Writings of Henry James

by Peter Martinus Buitenhuis


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There has been almost no study of the American writings of Henry James, that is, the fiction, essays, and travel literature with an American setting. The great bulk of Jamesian criticism deals with the international novels, particularly his late works.

This study places James’s career in a new perspective by discussing its American aspect. It gives the critic an opportunity to come to grips with the evolution of James’s technique from his second short story to his penultimate, unfinished novel, The Ivory Tower.

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ISBN-13: 9780802062253
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 07/19/2016
Series: Heritage Series , #147
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Peter Martinus Buitenhuis (1925-2004), English Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University (SFU), was a prolific scholarly writer and literary critic. His academic career-which included teaching positions at Yale University, University of Toronto, McGill University, and University of California at Berkeley-saw the production of numerous books, articles, and reviews, including works on Henry James, E.J. Pratt, and Hugh MacLennan. Buitenhuis also conducted research and wrote on various topics pertaining to propaganda and World Wars I and II.

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