Henry James, Italian Hours

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Italian Hours

consists of essays (individual titles are given following quotations) that express James's responses to Italy over a period from 1870 to 1908. Most of them were originally published in American journals. Collected in book form in 1909, the title, echoing the author's earlier

English Hours

(1905), has devotional associations with the “hours” or prayers of Catholic ritual and the medieval illuminated Books of Hours, thus suggesting a religious intensity of aesthetic response, as John Auchard has noted in his Penguin edition of the text. The emphasis on time is also indicative of the author's long acquaintance with the country during the political and cultural changes that followed the 1870 unification of Italy. Most obviously, and not least, the title suggests that this is…

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Citation: Righelato, Pat. "Italian Hours". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 October 2006 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=20111, accessed 15 June 2024.]

20111 Italian Hours 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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