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Title:
The pop world of Henry James : from fairy tales to science fiction
Author:
Tintner, Adeline R., 1912-2003.
Publication Information:
Ann Arbor, Mich. : UMI Research Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
xxiii, 317 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780835718554
Format :
Book

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With this book, Tintner completes the trilogy that includes The Museum World of Henry James (CH, Oct '86) and The Book World of Henry James (CH, Feb '88). "Pop" may not be quite the right word for the fairy tales, Oriental stories, Greek and Roman legends, popular fiction, and scandalous journalism that were grist for James's mill. What makes this book transcend mere source-finding, however, is first, the way in which Tintner shows how James used his source material (in The Ambassadors, to give one example, James creates an analogy between his characters and those in the Dreyfus affair to show that "the evidential innocence of a suspect was denied because of power politics"), and second, Tintner also comments on the novelist's literary passions and how they shaped his career in larger ways. Apparently James devoured the printed word the way some people take vitamins, "to stimulate his own powers of invention and recreation." Impeccable in its scholarship and lavishly illustrated, The Pop World of Henry James adds to what is already known about the author, and reminds readers that the true artist, as Sir Joshua Reynolds said of Raphael, is "always imitating, always original." University libraries. -D. Kirby, Florida State University