The Father: A Life of Henry James, Sr

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 578 pages
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Henry James, Sr.'s children included William, the psychologist and philosopher; Henry Jr., the novelist; and Alice, author of a noted diary. What kind of father stood behind his epochally brilliant, original, energetic, and often troubled progeny? A noted writer himself, whose friends included the leading American thinkers of his time, James was a passionate, contradictory character. Alfred Habegger's The Father is the first biography that attempts to capture the bewildering complexities of the James father's public and private history - his early engagement with a radically deviant Calvinism, his stunning embrace of both authoritarian and democratic systems of ruling, his rich humanity and comic gifts, and his dealings with the most interesting people of his time. Henry Sr. had a headlong drivenness that took on a maniacal edge following his loss of a leg in adolescence, and as a father he turned the full force of what he was on his children.
  

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Habegger (Henry James and the "Woman Business," Cambridge Univ. Pr., 1989) finds the father of psychologist-philosopher William James and novelist Henry James Jr. a challenging subject for a ... Read full review

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THE ROBERTSONWALSH FAMILY
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INDEX
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Alfred Habegger, formerly a professor of English at the University of Kansas, lives with his wife, Nellie, in northeastern Oregon. His previous books include Gender, Fantasy, and Realism in American Literature an da prize-winning biography, The Father: A Life of Henry James, Sr.

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