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Record Number: 7626


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Henry James to Elizabeth Jordan, 3 May 1907: 'you sent me Mrs. Phelps Ward's contribution to the "Whole Family" -- which I began to read the other day, but which immediately affeted me as subjected to so pitiless an ordeal in the searching artistic light and amid the intellectual and literary associations of Paris that I [...] laid it away to await resuscitation of it in a medium in which I shall be able to surround my perusal of it with more precautions.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 May 1907 and 3 May 1907

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Henry James

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

15 Apr 1843

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

USA

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

Title:

The Whole Family (chapter)

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

7626

Source:

Print

Author:

Henry James

Editor:

Leon Edel

Title:

Henry James: Letters

Place of Publication:

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Date of Publication:

1984

Vol:

4

Page:

446

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Henry James, Leon Edel (ed.), Henry James: Letters (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1984), 4, p. 446, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=7626, accessed: 19 September 2019


Additional Comments:

The Whole Family a composite novel initiated in Harper's Bazaar and published as a book in 1908, in which each chapter provided by one of a group of specially invited authors (who included James himself); see p.447 n.1 in source.

   
   
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