William James

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  • Linda Simon (Skidmore College)

William James was born in New York City on January 11, 1842, the first child of Henry James and his wife, Mary. By 1848, he had four siblings: Henry, who became the famous novelist, was born in 1843; Garth Wilkinson, in 1845; Robertson in 1846; and Alice, in 1848. The James children were educated largely at home by a succession of tutors with whom their father, sooner or later, became dissatisfied. Although William spent his early childhood in Manhattan, for much of his youth the family was peripatetic, moving from New York, to Europe, to Newport, Rhode Island, to Massachusetts, shuttling back and forth across the Atlantic in an attempt to find a place where their father, a writer and lecturer on philosophical and social issues, felt …

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Citation:
Simon, Linda. "William James". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001
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