The first book devoted to the literary relationship between Henry James and his American predecessor, Nathaniel Hwthorne. Robert Emmet Long demonstrates JamesÆ transformation of HawthorneÆs romantic forms into realism, as one of the significant features of JamesÆ early career. Long shows that Hawthorne provided James ith a native tradition having its own conceptions of American psychological experience.
It fills a gap in accounts of how James started his career as a writer. . . . Valuable study.
The definitive, long-awaited discussion of the literary relationship between James and his most important American influence.