Henry James Goes to Paris by Peter Brooks
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Henry James Goes to Paris
By Peter Brooks

Henry James Goes to Paris

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Henry James Goes to Paris by Peter Brooks

Book Awards

  • Winner of Phi Beta Kappa's Christian Gauss Award 2008.

Book Description

Henry James's reputation as The Master is so familiar that it's hard to imagine he was ever someone on whom some things really were lost. This is the story of the year--1875 to 1876--when the young novelist moved to Paris, drawn by his literary idols living at the center of the early modern movement in art. As Peter Brooks skillfully recounts, James largely failed to appreciate or even understand the new artistic developments teeming around him during his Paris sojourn. But living in England twenty years later, he would recall the aesthetic lessons of Paris, and his memories of the radical perspectives opened up by French novelists and painters would help transform James into the writer of his adventurous later fiction. A narrative that combines biography and criticism and uses James's writings to tell the story from his point of view, Henry James Goes to Paris vividly brings to life the young American artist's Paris year--and its momentous artistic and personal consequences. James's Paris story is one of enchantment and disenchantment. He initially loved Paris, he succeeded in meeting all the writers he admired (Turgenev, Flaubert, Zola, Maupassant, Goncourt, and Daudet), and he witnessed the latest development in French painting, Impressionism. But James largely found the writers disappointing, and he completely misunderstood the paintings he saw. He also seems to have fallen in and out of love in a more ordinary sense--with a young Russian aesthete, Paul Zhukovsky. Disillusioned, James soon retreated to England--for good. But James would eventually be changed forever by his memories of Paris.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691138428
ISBN-10: 0691138427
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 24-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Peter Brooks

Peter Brooks is the Mellon Visiting Professor at Princeton University. He is the author of many works of literary criticism, including "Reading for the Plot, The Melodramatic Imagination, Psychoanalysis and Storytelling, Troubling Confessions", and "Realist Vision". He has also published a novel, "World Elsewhere" (Simon & Schuster).

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