Monopolizing the Master: Henry James and the Politics of by Michael Anesko

By Michael Anesko

Henry James defied posterity to disturb his bones: he used to be adamant that his legacy be established completely on his guides and that his deepest lifestyles and writings stay without end inner most. regardless of this, presently after his dying in 1916 an extreme fight begun between his kinfolk and his literary disciples to manage his posthumous popularity, a fight that was once persevered via later generations of critics and biographers. Monopolizing the Master supplies a blow-by-blow account of this clash, which aroused extreme emotions of jealousy, suspicion, and proprietorship between those that claimed to be the simply custodians of James's literary legacy. With an unparalleled volume of recent facts now on hand, Michael Anesko unearths the notable social, political, and sexual intrigue that inspired—and influenced—the planned development of the Legend of the Master.

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