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James, Henry Line breaks: Henry James
Pronunciation: /dʒeɪmz/

Definition of James, Henry in English:

(1843–1916), American-born British novelist and critic. His early novels, notably The Portrait of a Lady (1881), deal with the relationship between European civilization and American life, while later works such as What Maisie Knew (1897) depict English life. He was the brother of William James.


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  • There is of course absolutely no reason why a novel about Henry James should itself be a Jamesian novel; there are many examples of books that successfully choose the ‘tell don't show’ approach.
  • Stein retained a faith in the diversity of American identity, but her texts surpass the Jamesian longing for ‘subtle distinctions’ with an ‘iterative construction of identity’.
  • As Kaja Silverman has argued, Maisie is one of a number of Jamesian observers or spectators persistently exposed to a primal scene, ‘the interrogation of [whose] knowledge forms the central drama of the book’.
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