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Henry James and the Mass Market
by Marcia Jacobson
University of Alabama Press, 1983
Paper: 978-0-8173-1198-8 | Cloth: 978-0-8173-0145-3
Library of Congress Classification PS2127.A9J32 1983
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.4

The author considers James’ s work from The Bostonians to The Awkward Age – from 1883 to 1889 – a period in which James was resident in London and searching for material to replace the “ international theme.” Jacobson considers this context in relation to the emergence of a mass market and sees James’ s major fiction of this period as an attempt to exploit the conventions of popular fiction in an analysis of his society’ s assumptions. James’ s work at this time must also be viewed as an artist’ s effort to secure popular attention and acceptance.

                      Such an approach allows Jacobson to treat James’ s “ French period” and his “ experimental period” as a unit and to counter the myth that James was an ivory tower artist.

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