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French Poets and Novelists
1893. Signed. JAMES, Henry.French Poets and Novelists.London: Macmillan, 1893.Second English edition, Globe printing, of this early collection of 12 essays on French literature by James, an exceptional copy inscribed by him with phrasing from his Theory of Fiction, ?"For these or those who have been initiated into art by production [flourish] the subject is as much a part of their work as their hunger is a part of their dinner. Henry James [flourish] May 18th, 1904.?"?"Henry James is the most voluminous, and probably the best, American critic of French literature?" (Fay, French Review, 24:4,325). James was only a baby when he ?"made his first contact with France in 1844… He was in Europe again from 1855 to 1858, much of the time in Paris, and again in 1859-60. After a ten-year interval in America,?" James continued, throughout his life, to frequently visit France and especially Paris. ?"The fruit of these visits was a lifelong interest in French literature, an interest which left its mark on his own work.?" This volume?'s 12 essays, which appeared in American periodicals such as The Galaxy and The North American Review from 1873-77, includes those on Baudelaire, Sand, Flaubert, de Musset, two on Balzac, and an essay on French theatre. These were collected and first ?"published in book form in 1878 as French Poets and Novelists?" (Pacey, American Literature 13:3, 240). ?"James possessed a point of view tailor-made for the vocation of literary criticism.?" He once memorably described the critic?'s life as ?"heroic, for it is immensely vicarious. He has to understand for others?" (New York Times).Supino 5.4.0. See Supino 5.1.0; Phillips, 10-11; BAL 10534.Text fresh and clean, faint foxing mainly to endpapers, light edge-wear, faint rubbing to cloth. A handsome near-fine signed copy with a memorable inscription.
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