Henry James: The Middle Years

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The Middle Years, the third volume of Henry James’s autobiographical writings, was unfinished at the time of his death. It was published posthumously in 1917. The first volume, A Small Boy and Others, had been published in 1913, followed by the second, Notes of a Son and Brother, in 1914. The three volumes, edited by Frederick W. Dupee, were published with the collective title Henry James: Autobiography in 1956.

The fifty pages of the incomplete The Middle Years were written as war was brewing in Europe and the opening metaphor is a military one as if James, under the new threat, is recalling the intensities and wastage of the American Civil War: youth is conceived as an “…

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Righelato, Pat. "The Middle Years". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 July 2007
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