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Henry James's Style of Retrospect
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Henry James's Style of Retrospect: Late Personal Writings, 1890–1915

Oliver Herford


This book examines Henry James’s engagement with the writing of the recent past across the last twenty-five years of his life and analyses the changes his style underwent as he gradually turned from the observation of contemporary manners to biographical commemoration and autobiographical reminiscence, and as the balance of his literary output shifted correspondingly from fiction to non-fiction. James’s ‘late personal writings’ are a retrospective non-fictional works: commemorative essays and obituary tributes, textual revisions and accounts of revisiting familiar places, cultural and literary ... More

Keywords: Henry James, style, retrospect, late, personal, non-fiction, reference, commemoration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198734802
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198734802.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oliver Herford, author
Birmingham Fellow in English Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century, University of Birmingham