Critical Insights: Henry James

Critical Insights Series

The series focuses on an individual author's entire body of work, a single work of literature, or a literary theme.

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Chronology of Author's Life
  • Complete List of Author's Works
  • Publication Dates of Works
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Tom Hubbard
January 2016 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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A great starting point for students seeking an introduction to Henry James and the critical discussions surrounding his work.

From the novels The Turn of the Screw and The Portrait of a Lady to his extensive literary criticism, Henry James is recognized today as one of the central novelists and proponents of 19th-century realism. Original essays in this volume analyze the importance of James’ work to his contemporaries, the influence of Nathaniel Hawthorne in his writing, and his failed theatrical career.

This title is divided into four main sections, starting with Career, Life, and Influence. This section discusses James' career and certain themes of his writings in fairly broad terms, along with a biography about the man behind the literature. The rest of the text examines the writings of Henry James and their growing legacy. Critical Contexts contains four essays that discuss James' life and the impact that he made in the nineteenth century. The ten chapters in the Critical Readings section are arranged in order of the date of publication of the James work under scrutiny. 

Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:


A chronology of the author's life
A complete list of the author's works and their original dates of publication
A general bibliography
A detailed paragraph on the volume's editor
Notes on the individual chapter authors
A subject index