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The twentieth-century world of Henry James : changes in his work after 1900
Tintner, Adeline R., 1912-2003.
Publication Information:
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [2000]

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xvii, 252 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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PS2124 .T56 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Author Notes

Adeline R. Tintner, a prolific independent Jamesian scholar, is the author of many books, most recently Henry James's Legacy: The Afterlife of His Figure and Fiction. She lives in New York City.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This is a godsend for Henry James readers who quail at the prospect of confronting the master's 20th-century fiction. In the last of her five-volume work, Tintner shows that, instead of creating a reader-hostile atmosphere of pure consciousness, as has been supposed until recently, James reacted vigorously to the changes he witnessed on revisiting New York ("the terrible town") in 1904 and, readying himself to write his autobiography, shed many of his inhibitions. Tintner grounds James's later fiction (e.g., The Golden Bowl) in the real events of the 20th century, thus making them more accessible to today's reader. She shows how his fiction reflects the shock of the new and how his revisions of earlier novels reveal, among other things, his new appreciation of photography and the Impressionist painters and his experimentation with Bergson's distinction between real time and scientific or abstract time. Finally, Tintner investigates James's new willingness to explore the formerly taboo subject of homosexuality. James comes out not as a 19th-century writer who survived to be shocked by the new century but as a precursor of the themes and ideas that would dominate the fiction of Proust and Joyce after him. Highly recommended for all academic libraries.DCharles C. Nash, Cottey Coll., Nevada, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The latest in Tintner's studies on the various "worlds" reflecting in and influencing James's works, this volume focuses on his writings during the last decade of his life (1905-15) and on some revisions for the New York edition of his works (1907-09). Tintner's topics "represent a personal selection of some of the modernist themes that preoccupied" James at the end of his life and a number of his modernist successors. This basically idiosyncratic approach leads to uneven results: like her earlier works, it reveals Tintner's prodigious knowledge and some incisive analyses alternating with lack of coherent, focused, or seemingly relevant material. The strongest chapters are the first, on James's 1904-05 visit to the US, which resulted in The American Scene and four stories about New York; the third, on his increasing interest in "consciousness," which resulted in revisions of earlier novels and three memoirs treated here as "experimental fiction"; and the fifth, on his more open trea tment of sexuality. The weaker chapters are those dealing with "cameos" of some friends in three late novels, James's use of time, and his new use of the "underclass," crime and criminals, and WW I propaganda. Sadly, this study does little to enhance James's stature. Recommended only for libraries with extensive James collections. J. E. Steiner emeritus, Drew University