The Death And Letters Of Alice James

The Death And Letters Of Alice James

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Alice James (1848-1892) was the sister of Henry and William James, as literary as her more famous brothers, but--as was typical for a Victorian woman--never formally educated and thus deprived of any opportunity for a normal "career." In her introductory biographical essay, Professor Ruth Bernard Yeazell of Yale University argues that Alice James instead made a career of her lifelong neurasthenic illness and anticipation of death. In this selection of letters, many written from the invalid's bed, one finds Alice James witty and lyrical, but always deeply morbid: an artist of the deathbed, reminiscent of Kafka's fictional Hunger Artist. Susan Sontag was inspired by this book to write her play, Alice in Bed, and critic Elaine Showalter has said that The Death and Letters of Alice James is "A book everyone interested in women's history and literature will want."


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Author(s)
Alice James
Format
Paperback | 220 pages
Dimensions
153 x 203 x 16.26mm | 340g
Publication date
02 Feb 2004
Publisher
Exact Change,U.S.
Publication City/Country
Bostone, United States
Language
English
Edition
New edition
Edition Statement
New edition
ISBN10
1878972200
ISBN13
9781878972200
Bestsellers rank
931,060