The Jameses : a family narrative /
R.W.B. Lewis.
New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, c1991.
[22], 695, [1] p., [24] p. of plates : ill., facsims., col.maps, ports. ; 25 cm.
0374178615 :, 9780374178611
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New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, c1991.
0374178615 :
general note
Coloured maps on end papers.
local note
Fisher copy: With dust jacket.
catalogue key
Gift; Michael Walsh; 2015; RB329036.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [649]-670) and index.
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
National Book Awards, USA, 1991 : Nominated
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1991-08:
The story of the James family begins with William James of Albany, who emigrated from Ireland in 1789, prospered extravagantly, and left a fortune that enabled his son, Henry James Sr., to cultivate his philosophical and spiritual ideas, travel, and raise an outstanding literary/intellectual family. The focus is, of course, on the famous Jameses--William the psychologist, Henry Jr. the novelist, Alice the invalid diarist--and their interactions, crises, and creative development. But Lewis also interweaves the stories of the younger brothers (Garth Wilkinson and Robertson), as well as insights into the characters of the wives of the Jameses, and convincingly points out the moral and intellectual influence of Henry James Sr. on his many descendants. This very full and fascinating account of one of America's major families will interest students of literature and history as well as the general reader. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/91.-- Richard Kuczkowski, Dominican Coll., Blauvelt, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1991-06-21:
In an exceptionally smoothly blended narrative, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Edith Wharton traces the remarkable James family from William James of Albany, N.Y., who emigrated from Ireland in 1789 and founded the clan's fortune, to the death of novelist Henry in 1916. The main focus is on Henry Sr. and his three most prominent children: leading psychologist and thinker William; great novelist Henry, ``inveterate collector of impressions''; and Alice, political radical and frequent invalid. It was Henry Sr., with his fierce independence of lifestyle and many trips to Europe en famille , who provided the cultural seedbed for his children's intellectual development. Younger offspring ``Wilky,'' a Civil War hero, and the alcoholic ``Bob,'' tragic figures both, receive their share of attention. Above all, it's the story of a great family, one obsessed with the notion of family immediate and national, cleverly infused with quotes from and insights into their letters and books. Photos. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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