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Book Title: The Master and the Dean: The Literary Criticism of Henry James and William Dean Howells|
Edition: University of Missouri
Date of issue: July 27th 2005
ISBN 13: 9780826215796
The author of the book: Rob Davidson
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.16 MB
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Henry James (1843–1916) and William Dean Howells (1837–1920) are best known for the central roles they played as nineteenth-century American novelists, penning such classics as James’s Portrait of a Lady and Howells’s The Rise of Silas Lapham. Their importance as literary critics, however, has been underplayed for decades. Although certain aspects of James’s and Howells’s criticism have been carefully considered—James’s “Prefaces” and Howells’s Criticism and Fiction, for example—no scholar has previously undertaken a comprehensive comparative study of their respective critical oeuvres. In The Master and the Dean, Rob Davidson presents the first book-length study of James’s literary criticism to be published since the early 1980s and the first-ever book-length study of Howells’s criticism. Considering Howells’s commonly accepted position among scholars as the most influential American literary critic of the period, such a study is long overdue.
Beginning with a detailed examination of the European and domestic sources that led James and Howells toward realism, Davidson examines the interrelationships between the two writers, with special emphasis on their diverging aesthetic concerns and attitudes toward the market and audience, their beliefs concerning the moral value of fiction and the United States as a literary subject, and their various writings about each other. A rigorous, intertextual reading of their work as critics reveals both deeper rifts and more intimate similarities between the two writers than have been recognized previously. Of special note is Davidson’s careful attention to the frequently overlooked final two decades of Howells’s career.
This close look at the lesser-known critical work of James and Howells will appeal both to scholars of the period and to anyone seeking an exceptional introduction to a crucially important era of American literary criticism.
Read information about the authorI am the author of three published books of short stories. Upon its publication, “Spectators: Flash Fictions” (2017) was nominated by Five Oaks Press for both the Story Prize and the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. “The Farther Shore” (Bear Star, 2012) was nominated for the Story Prize and includes “Criminals,” winner of the Camber Press fiction award, judged by Ron Carlson. “Field Observations” (Missouri, 2001) won the Maria Thomas Fiction Award and includes “Inventory,” winner of an AWP Intro Journals Project Award.
I'm also the author of a monograph, "The Master and the Dean: The Literary Criticism of Henry James and William Dean Howells" (Missouri, 2005).
My fiction, essays and interviews have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, The Normal School, New Delta Review, and elsewhere. I was the recipient of a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar award to lecture on creative writing and American literature in Taiwan. I teach creative writing and American literature at California State University, Chico.
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