A Bit of String

Rebecca West on Henry James

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The production of Rebecca West’s Henry James was bound up with a turbulent period in her own life, during which she was negotiating her identity both as a writer and as an independent woman, partly in response to her long-term relationship with H. G. Wells. However, this text was much more than an apprenticeship piece. By reviewing James through the lens of a more modern sensibility, West not only affirmed that James’s fiction contained something of lasting value, she also traced a connecting thread from the aesthetic world of James’s generation to that of her own. In so doing, she identified something central to the force of fiction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-255
Number of pages10
JournalThe Henry James review
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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A Bit of String : Rebecca West on Henry James. / Hutchison, Hazel.

In: The Henry James review, Vol. 39, No. 3, 2018, p. 247-255.

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