The Awkward Age
The first two volumes of Henry James's letters capture the artist as a young man.
The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1855-1872:
Volume 1 (The Complete Letters o
by Henry James
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There is an early letter, from the twenty-four-year-old Henry James in Cambridge to his brother William in Paris, where William has been to the theater to see a play by Alexandre Dumas. Henry wishes he could have been there with him; it turns out he has already read the play "& was keenly sensible both of its merits & defects." Then he interjects: "Wendell Holmes is gone salmon-fishing in Maine. The Spring is well started as to verdure; but the air is cold & the skies gray." This is our early picture of Henry James: musing in Cambridge on European arts and letters while his somewhat self-consciously "manly" contemporaries, including Oliver Wendell Holmes—and later on William as well—pursue their New England outdoor activities. Not that Henry was incapable of long hikes in the Alps or even strenuous bouts of
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