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Generous Mistakes: Incidents of Error in Henry James

Michael Anesko


By combining the techniques of textual criticism and the insights of close reading, Generous Mistakes offers new perspectives not only on two of Henry James’s major novels (The Portrait of a Lady and The Ambassadors) but also on the process by which they became the books we know—or think we know. Through a better understanding of the conditions of production that affected James’s author function, we achieve a deeper appreciation of the historical contingencies of his artistry. Closely examining new forms of evidence (even fingerprints), Generous Mistakes contends that authorship is a hybrid co ... More

Keywords: author function, authorial revision, close reading, contingency, Legend of the Master, masterpiece, textual condition, textual criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198794882
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198794882.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Anesko, author
Pennsylvania State University