By Henry James
The novelist Henry James arrived in Venice as a vacationer, and immediately fell in love with the town - really with the luxurious Palazzo Barbaro, domestic of the expatriate American Curtis family members. Edited via Rosella Mamoli Zorzi, the choice of letters in Letters from the Palazzo Barbaro covers the interval 1869-1907 and offers a different list of the lifestyles and paintings of this nice author. This quantity contains historic photos and a foreword via Leon Edel, Henry James's biographer.
The novelist Henry James (1843-1916) is among the such a lot popular figures of yank and British Literature. Son of a priest, and brother of the thinker and psychologist William James, he moved among the US and Europe in the course of his formative years, ultimately settling in England on the age of twenty. A prolific novelist, essayist and literary critic, James used to be a lot considering questions of identification, belonging, creativity and recognition. he's maybe most famed for his novels The Bostonians, The Portrait of a Lady, Daisy Miller and What Maisie Knew, and for his ghost tale, The flip of the Screw. among 1906 and 1910, James revised a lot of his fiction for the so-called big apple variation of his whole works, including now-famous Prefaces. In 1915, triggered by means of the 1st global warfare, he grew to become a British citizen; he acquired the Order of benefit in 1916, presently prior to his death.
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Extra resources for Letters from the Palazzo Barbaro
By 1892 James had written both short stories and novels at least partly set in Venice, and above all The Aspern Papers (1888). Perhaps towards the end of the 1880s or at the beginning of the 1890s James really dreamed of having a small pied-à-terre in Venice. But in the summer of 1893 he acknowledged this wish was a mere dream, “fading a little” (XIX) when he was not there. Other, tragic, experiences intervened to defeat the dream. 14 James had in 1886 shared a house with her, Villa Brichieri, at Bellosguardo, living however on different floors.
But Bellini puts me to the blush. How to define his “religious” quality I know not; but he really makes you believe that his genius was essentially consecrated to heaven and that each of his pictures was a genuine act of worship. This is the more interesting because his piety prevails not the least against his science and his pictorial energy. There is not a ray in his works of debility or vagueness of conception. In vigor breadth and richness he is a thorough Venetian. His best pictures here possess an extraordinary perfection.
Bronson, Browning’s friend in the last years of the poet’s life, suggested to James the character of Mrs. Prest in The Aspern Papers. 27 James had an ambivalent attitude to the society in which he lived, typified by his attitude to Isabella Stewart Gardner (“Mrs. Jack”). How can one forget the portrait of this rich and powerful lady, in the habit of commanding people, whom James addressed in a half-joking and half-affectionate tone? ) In one letter (II), James presented himself as a ‘ruminant quadruped’, one of the patient beasts always ready to pull her “triumphant car” or “tow” her gondola.
Letters from the Palazzo Barbaro by Henry James