Henry James: The Young Master

Henry James: The Young Master

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Henry James: The Young Master by Sheldon M. Novick

As if Henry James himself were guiding us, we visit old Calvinist New York in the mid-nineteenth century, and share the coming-of-age of a young man whose boldness of spirit and profound capacity for affection attract both men and women to him. We journey with James through Italy and France, witness his first love affair in Paris, and settle with him in London at the height of Empire in the Victorian Age. We scale the heights of London society with him, and as the world opens to James we share with him the experience of writing a series of celebrated and successful novels, culminating with Washington Square (on which the play The Heiress is based) and his masterpiece The Portrait of a Lady. The Washington Post Book World notes: “It is no small ambition to write a biography of James that is commensurate with that master, and Sheldon Novick has done it.”

“Splendidly written . . . Novick has aimed to bring James back to life and he has succeeded brilliantly.”
–The Washington Post Book World

“Like a movie of James’s life, as it unfold moment to moment.”
–The New York Times

“Masterful in bringing James and his world to life.”
–San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle

“Beautifully written, with a grace that enables [Sheldon Novick] to weave his subject’s words in and out of his own with a properly Jamesian suavity . . . Novick’s account gives one a profound respect for James’s persistence and power of will.”
–The New Republic

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394586557
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/08/1996
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 550
Product dimensions: 6.49(w) x 9.65(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Sheldon M. Novick was born and grew up in New York City.  He has been a writer and lawyer through most of his adult life.  His first biography was Honorable Justice: The Life of Oliver Wendell Holmes, published in 1989, and he is editing Holmess collected works.  He lives in Vermont, teaches constitutional law and history at Vermont Law School and is the proprietor of the South Strafford Cafe.

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