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Critical Companion to Henry James
  • Authored by: Eric Haralson and Kendall Johnson
  • From the Series: Critical Companion to
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816068860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6886-9
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 08/01/2009
  • Dewey Number: 813
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 528


Henry James is considered by many to be the greatest American novelist. His shorter works—such as The Turn of the Screw and Daisy Miller—are staples of the high school curriculum, and his longer, more complicated novels—including The Bostonians, The Portrait of a Lady, The Ambassadors, and many more—are some of the greatest and most influential novels ever written.

Critical Companion to Henry James covers the life and works of Henry James as well as the related people, places, and topics that shaped his writing. Other features in this new title include a chronology of James’s life, bibliographies of his works and of secondary sources, and black-and-white photographs and illustrations, providing essential background for the study of this literary master.

Coverage includes:

  • A concise but thorough biography
  • Entries on James’s works, including his novels, novellas, short stories, criticism, travel writing, and more. Characters are included as subentries within longer entries on fictional works
  • Related people, places, and topics, including William James, New York, and the Civil War
  • Appendixes, including a chronology of James’s life, a bibliography of James’s works, and a secondary-source bibliography.


Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Index. Appendixes. Bibliographies. Cross-references. Chronology.

About the Author(s)

Eric Haralson received a Ph.D. from Columbia University and is an associate professor of English at Stony Brook University. He is the author of Henry James and Queer Modernity and the editor or coeditor of several scholarly books, including A Historical Guide to Henry James. He has served as president of the Henry James Society and is currently book review editor of The Henry James Review.

Kendall Johnson received a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is an associate professor of early American literature at Swarthmore College. He is the author of Henry James and the Visual. Johnson's articles have appeared in American Literary History, American Literature, The Henry James Review, and Nineteenth-Century Prose.

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