Tagged Henry James

Alice James, Gifted Neurotic and Writer

According to her biographer, Jean Strouse, Alice James knew she would be judged a failure: “She was not socially useful, particularly virtuous, or even happy.” Yet she wanted her life to mean something, even if it was that she was the most successful of the James family invalids. “When I am gone pray don’t think…

David Lodge Escapes from Jamesean Irony

David Lodge must be sleeping better, eating with gusto, laughing louder at Jim Crace’s jokes, and generally looking, say, five years younger and ten pounds (is that a stone?) lighter these days. Why? He has escaped the worst fate for a writer known to modern literary kind, in a most extraordinary way. He was trapped…