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Record 7626

Reading Experience:

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, workmates)
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,, accessed: 29 May 2024

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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