The Father: A Life of Henry James, Sr
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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THE FATHER: A Life of Henry James, Sr.User Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Can a minor literary figure sustain interest throughout a major biography? In the case of Henry James Sr., the answer is yes. James is the ``blocked and monomaniacal hierophant'' who fathered perhaps ... Read full review
The father: a life of Henry James, SrUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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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