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The Visionary Betrayed

The Visionary Betrayed

Aesthetic Discontinuity in Henry James’s The American Scene

David L. Furth

ISBN 9780674940857

Publication date: 01/25/1980

David Furth identifies the significance of The American Scene in James’s artistic career and offers a penetrating analysis of the work in terms of the difficulties that arose in the course of its composition. Centering on the conflict between expectation and observation, between the provincial past and the transformed present, this broadly informed study provides a fresh and stimulating view of James’s last (and finally unconcluded) effort to state the meaning of America.

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  • Harvard University Department of English

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