William James Remembered

William James Remembered

by Linda Simon
     
 

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William James was one of the most remarkable intellectuals of his day-a vastly influential philosopher and psychologist who was also a charismatic teacher, groundbreaking scholar, and widely admired public figure. Now when interest in James is surging in the United States and abroad, William James Remembered brings together reminiscences of James by family members,

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William James was one of the most remarkable intellectuals of his day-a vastly influential philosopher and psychologist who was also a charismatic teacher, groundbreaking scholar, and widely admired public figure. Now when interest in James is surging in the United States and abroad, William James Remembered brings together reminiscences of James by family members, friends, and prominent intellectuals. The result is a many-sided portrait of a man who, besides playing a crucial role in American life during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, remains an animating spirit in our own time. The contributors include some of the people who knew James best. His brother, the novelist Henry James, opens the volume with a recollection of William at age seventeen, during one of their trips to Europe. Josiah Royce, George Santayana, and Ralph Barton Perry are among the faculty members of turn-of-the-century Harvard University who offer vivid portraits of their colleague. Memoirs by James's students reveal his pronounced unconventionality and his inspiring presence. Personal friends such as social reformer Josephine Goldmark and physician James Jackson Putnam provide insights into James's private life. Contributions by twenty-five people in all create a complex portrait of James as a brother, father, philosopher, psychologist, teacher, and friend. As editor Linda Simon suggests, these diverse essays vividly evoke "the vitality of James's personality, the freshness and excitement of his ideas, and the buoyancy of his spirit." Linda Simon is the director of the Writing Center at Harvard University. She is the author of The Biography of Alice B. Toklas (Nebraska 1991) and the editor of Gertrude Stein Remembered (Nebraska 1994).

Editorial Reviews

Virginia Quarterly Review

"This is a fascinating gathering of essays on one of the great and influential figures in the history of American thought."—Virginia Quarterly Review
American Review

"Simon has assembled an absorbing collection of impressions, reminiscences, and vignettes about the philosopher William James by his friends, family, students, and acquaintances. Among the writers collected are Henry James, George Santayana, Josephine Clara Goldmark, Walter Lippmann, and Gilbert Keith Chesterton."—American Review
Poetry Room

"William James Remembered ranges widely, from James’s teaching methods to his platonic and barely sublimated love affair with a young girl he met on a hiking trip. . . . James himself intrigued those who met him, and their statements replicate that intrigue in the reader."—Poetry Room

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803242487
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Pages:
277
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.17(d)
Lexile:
1370L (what's this?)

Meet the Author


Linda Simon is an associate professor of English and Director of Expository Writing at Skidmore College. She is the author of The Biography of Alice B. Toklas (Nebraska 1991) and the editor of Gertrude Stein Remembered (Nebraska 1994).

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