Henry James

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  • Kate Campbell (University of East Anglia)

Henry James was born off Broadway, in Washington Place, New York, 1843, the second of five children. Henry's father, Henry James Sr. (q.v.), contrary to the Protestant work ethic that had brought him inherited wealth, preached a life of being rather than doing. He was reliant on his wife Mary who appeared both strong and selfless. His main activity was propounding his philosophical and social ideas for the spiritual and social improvement of mankind in numerous lectures, essays, writing in the press and informal advocacy; and travelling, often at short notice.

So the James children grew up on the move, on both sides of the Atlantic. Henry Jr. crossed it as a baby, for a stay of nearly two years, and then again at twelve, …

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Citation:
Campbell, Kate. "Henry James". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 June 2002
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5083, accessed 29 August 2015.]

Articles on James' works

  1. “The Altar of the Dead”
  2. “The Real Thing”
  3. A Small Boy and Others
  4. Daisy Miller
  5. Glasses
  6. In the Cage
  7. Italian Hours
  8. Julia Bride
  9. Notes of a Son and Brother
  10. Paste
  11. Roderick Hudson
  12. The Ambassadors
  13. The American Scene
  14. The Aspern Papers
  15. The Beast in the Jungle
  16. The Birthplace
  17. The Europeans
  18. The Figure in the Carpet
  19. The Golden Bowl
  20. The Jolly Corner
  21. The Lesson of the Master
  22. The Madonna of the Future and Other Tales
  23. The Middle Years
  24. The Portrait of a Lady
  25. The Private Life
  26. The Pupil
  27. The Sacred Fount
  28. The Sense of the Past
  29. The Tragic Muse
  30. The Turn of the Screw
  31. The Wings of the Dove
  32. Washington Square
  33. What Maisie Knew
  34. Within the Rim and Other Essays, 1914-1915