Travels with Henry James

Henry James, 1843-1916

Book - 2016

"Brimming with charm, wit, and biting criticism, this new collection of travel essays reintroduces Henry James as a formidable travel companion. Whether for a trip to Lake George or an afternoon visit to an art exhibit in Paris, James will delight readers with his insights and make them feel nostalgic for places they've never been"--

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Travel writing
New York : Nation Books [2016]
Main Author
Henry James, 1843-1916 (author)
Other Authors
Hendrik Hertzberg (writer of foreword), Michael Anesko (writer of introduction)
Physical Description
xxiii, 278 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Saratoga
  • Lake George
  • From Lake George to Burlington
  • Newport
  • Niagara
  • A European summer : Lichfield and Warwick
  • A European summer : North Devon
  • A European summer : Wells and Salisbury
  • A European summer : from Chambery to Milan
  • The Parisian stage
  • A European summer : from Venice to Strassburg
  • The after-season at Rome
  • Homburg reformed
  • An ex-Grand-ducal capital
  • Autumn in Florence
  • Tuscan cities
  • Ravenna
  • London sights
  • London in the dead season
  • In Scotland
  • The London theatres.
Review by Booklist Review

*Starred Review* The great master of American literature conquered fiction, of course, but also literary criticism (described by New Yorker staff writer Hendrik Hertzberg in his foreword as a body of work unmatched for filigreed quality as well as sheer quantity). But another significant, if often overlooked, component of James' oeuvre is his travel writing, presented here in what Hertzberg calls a collection of Jamesian postcards from his travels around the U.S. and through western Europe. In James' day, There was a healthy market for travel writing, and these pieces found appreciative editors and readers. Generally, James' travel writing was concentrated in the early years of his career, which means that his trademark elaborate writing style is less pronounced here. Art, architecture, and history consume his travel prose, and every one of his carefully composed sentences reveals his excellence even nimbleness in detailed remembrance. (I can wish the traveler no better fortune than to stroll forth in the early evening with as large a reserve of ignorance as my own, and treat himself to an hour of discoveries.) This is a fundamental selection for all public library travel collections.--Hooper, Brad Copyright 2016 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.