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Henry James and the Art of Auto/biography


Mirosława Buchholtz

Henry James (1843–1916) has been widely acclaimed for the elegance of his prose, the incisiveness of his social comment, and the subtlety of his psychological analyses. Whereas James’s tales and novels have been carefully studied over the past decades, his non-fiction, including literary criticism, travel writing, biographies, and autobiographies, still remains at the margins of critical activities. This study seeks to explore some of these neglected aspects of James’s work, while at the same time interrogating the traditional formula of literary auto/biography. It also attempts to piece together an image of James as a subject and object of biographical and autobiographical endeavors, including portraiture.
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I am grateful for the opportunity to thank

the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a generous research fellowship which allowed me to do part of my work in the atmosphere of spirited debate at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh

the Nicolaus Copernicus University for one of the very few and much coveted Book Completion Stipends (Stypendium na pisanie monografii), which allowed me to write Henry James i sztuka auto/biografii, the Polish version of this book

the Foundation for Polish Science, whose selection committee decided that my manuscript Henry James i sztuka auto/biografii should belong to the nearly 10 % applicants deserving to be published in the series Monographs (Monografie FNP)

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