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Title:
The book world of Henry James : appropriating the classics
Author:
Tintner, Adeline R., 1912-2003.
Publication Information:
Ann Arbor, Mich. : UMI Research Press, [1987]

©1987
Physical Description:
xxiv, 412 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780835718295
Format :
Book

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A companion to Tintner's The Museum World of Henry James (CH, Oct '86), this volume incorporates articles published in more than 20 journals, during the past 15 years, by the foremost interpreter of James's use of literary sources in his fiction. Also included here are new essays on James's reworkings of Voltaire, Ibsen, Gibbon, Tocqueville, and Shakespeare's The Tempest. Each of the 14 chapters deals with the importance in James's fiction of a particular writer or group of writers (e.g., Milton, Pater, the English Romantic poets, the Victorian novelists, Poe, Hawthorne, and James's two most important literary models, Shakespeare and Balzac). Drawing on memoirs and letters, Tintner documents James's connections-literary and biographical-with the writers and shows how he incorporates the language, imagery, and situations of their texts to create form and meaning in his own works. Although the volume contains material already published, it demonstrates, as the single essay cannot, the central importance of literary appropriation throughout James's career. The wealth of information, the meticulous fullness of the analyses, the extensive notes, and dozens of illustrations make this work, like its predecessor, a valuable resource for students and scholars.-E. Nettels, College of William and Mary