The Ivory Tower

The Ivory Tower In Henry James began work on a major novel about the immense new fortunes of America s Gilded Age After an absence of than twenty years James had returned for a visit to his native country what

  • Title: The Ivory Tower
  • Author: Henry James Alan Hollinghurst Ezra Pound
  • ISBN: 9781590170786
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1914, Henry James began work on a major novel about the immense new fortunes of America s Gilded Age After an absence of than twenty years, James had returned for a visit to his native country what he found there filled him with profound dismay In The Ivory Tower, his last book, the characteristic pattern underlying so much of his fiction in which American innoIn 1914, Henry James began work on a major novel about the immense new fortunes of America s Gilded Age After an absence of than twenty years, James had returned for a visit to his native country what he found there filled him with profound dismay In The Ivory Tower, his last book, the characteristic pattern underlying so much of his fiction in which American innocence is transformed by its encounter with European experience receives a new twist raised abroad, the hero comes home to America to confront, as James puts it, the black and merciless things that are behind the great possessions James died in 1916 with the first three books of The Ivory Tower completed He also left behind a treatment, in which he charted the further progress of his story This fascinating scenario, one of only two to survive among James s papers, is also published here together with a striking critical essay by Ezra Pound.

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    1. Henry James Alan Hollinghurst Ezra Pound

      Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the encounter of America with Europe His plots centered on personal relationships, the proper exercise of power in such relationships, and other moral questions His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allowed him to explore the phenomena of consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting.James insisted that writers in Great Britain and America should be allowed the greatest freedom possible in presenting their view of the world, as French authors were His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to realistic fiction, and foreshadowed the modernist work of the twentieth century An extraordinarily productive writer, in addition to his voluminous works of fiction he published articles and books of travel writing, biography, autobiography, and criticism,and wrote plays, some of which were performed during his lifetime with moderate success His theatrical work is thought to have profoundly influenced his later novels and tales.

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    1. The Ivory Tower – Published in 1917, the year following the great author’s death, this unfinished Henry James novel breaks off in the middle of Chapter Two of Book Four after about two hundred pages. James left extensive notes citing how he intended his novel to continue for another four or five hundred pages.So the question becomes: Is this unfinished novel worth the time? By my reading, the answer is a rousing “yes.” Alan Hollinghurst, who wrote the Introduction for this New York Revie [...]


    2. Both James's and Dickens' last novels (this and Drood) were unfinished, and I wrote my best short essay (8pp) on them as a Jr at college, in a wonderful seminar taught by G Armour Craig, future interim prez of Amherst College. Mine began: "Both offer a critical exercise on the genesis and form of art in novels. These two novels will always be dramatically in process of becoming; but also, they are in another sense finished. The endings of these novels could not be written by the authors as we kn [...]



    3. My word, James didn't half go on.And I say that despite the fact that The Ivory Tower, left unfinished at his death, is merely a third of the novel he intended (nigh on a hundred pages of notes tell the rest of the story).Graham Fielder becomes the unlikely heir to a fortune left to him when his rich uncle dies. Brought up in Europe, he becomes prey to a pair of typically American fortune hunters, Horton Vint and Cissy Foy.At least he would have done, if james hadn't abandoned the project at the [...]


    4. Three stars for the material, one for Ezra Pound's synopsis of how to build a James novel. If he'd finished it I suspect ten stars would have been about right.


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