And all for tales of nothingness It is leviathan retrieving pebbles. It is a magnificent but painful hippopotamus resolved at any cost He wrote in a essay collected in Literary Essays of Ezra Pound, "I am tired of hearing pettiness talked about Henry James's style What I have not heard is any word of the major James, the hater of tyranny; book after early book against James was no stranger to negative reviews; throughout his career, he was the object of divergent opinions, some of them provoked by his own forthrightness in judging the works and weaknesses of others.
Though most of his conflicts with critics centered on the proper manner and role of fiction, others berated him for his values. Lack of enthusiasm for his causes desire for reforms in education and women's rights, for instance may also account for the poor reception given to his later novels and plays. When James became a British citizen in to show solidarity with British and French soldiers, he was perceived as disloyal to his American heritage and denounced by his former countrymen.
But James had seen the casualties of the war in Europe first-hand, and had soundly rebuked America for remaining neutral while thousands were being maimed and killed. As in the conflict with Wells, it is fair to say that it may have gone better for James had he not been as critical toward others. By the time of his death in , James "had become, for all practical purposes, an unread author," Kramer summed up in Insight.
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Interest in fiction by James did not revive until decades later when the outbreak of World War II compelled readers to seek his insights on international relations. Blackmur and other distinguished American writers led a campaign that restored James to literary prominence. Since then, critical studies and articles about his life and works have continued to proliferate. One aspect of James's prolific output that has received significant attention is his letters, which have been collected and published in several thematic volumes.
For instance, Henry James and Edith Wharton: Letters, chronicles the friendship between James and Wharton, a famous author in her own right. The volume includes "everything extant they ever wrote about each other," noted Maggie Paley in the New York Times Book Review, which unfortunately amounts to very few letters from Wharton to James--James having burned much of the correspondence he received. London Review of Books contributor Philip Horne averred that "the best letters James's criticism defended the same principles that he practiced when writing fiction.
He most applauded literature that was tightly composed, that showed the author achieving difficult effects through mastery of technique, and that required the reader's close attention. For the most part, though," Michiko Kakutani noted in the New York Times, "James was less interested in passing judgment on a given text than in using it to shed light on an author's overall achievement He felt that critics had a responsibility to interpret a writer's inner life and public personality. As a result, his essays are filled with wonderful cameos--character sketches almost as vivid as those found in his novels.
The novelist's comments on his own fiction form a substantial body of important criticism, Richard P. Blackmur maintained in the introduction to The Art of the Novel. James felt that his Prefaces [to the volumes of the New York edition] represented or demonstrated an artist's consciousness and the character of his work in some detail, made an essay in general criticism which had an interest and a being aside from any connection with his own work, and that finally, they added up to a fairly exhaustive reference book on the technical aspects of the art of fiction.
As a novelist, James contributed developments in technique and content that were expanded by later important novelists. A major contribution to fiction writing was his "scenic progression" technique, in which the writer would follow one character's perceptions through a sequence of settings. A precursor of stream-of-consciousness technique explored by novelists such as James Joyce, this method of narrative composition was a direct result of James's foray into playwriting during the s, and it is best exemplified in the novel The Ambassadors.
James also contributed his insistence on form and craft. Commenting on his accomplishments in literature, Gale noted, "James disliked shapeless novels, bulky with social or personal protest and holding up a mirror to chaotic reality; he preferred those with balanced parts and a tidied appearance that please through subjective probing and unusual artistic tension and balance. The philosophical question of how perception limits awareness, the quest for individual freedom against social pressures to conform, and the examination of women's roles seen in his works are themes that belonged to the social movements of later generations.
In addition, noted Gale, James "tentatively explored eroticism especially in the young , imaginative quests through time, nihilism, and absurdist disorientations. Search this Guide Search. Modern American Short Story: Henry James Exploring Literary Artistry: Home Henry James F.
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