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“Pictures and Texts: Henry James in the Century,” the first of three serial installments of Michael Anesko’s forthcoming monograph, Henry James Framed: Material Representations of the Master, has just appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of the Henry James Review

“Pictures and Texts: Henry James in the Century,” the first of three serial installments of Michael Anesko’s forthcoming monograph, Henry James Framed: Material Representations of the Master, has just appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of the Henry James Review

Here is Michael’s gloss on the piece: “The occasion for reproducing an image of Henry James in the November 1882 number of the Century magazine—where it was to complement not only the author’s travel piece on “Venice” but, more importantly, a major essay-review by William Dean Howells (“Henry James, Jr.”)—resulted in not one but three remarkable likenesses.  Such almost simultaneous multiplication of his portrait complicates (and enriches) our understanding of James’s “aura” at a particular historical moment, when the publication of The Portrait of a Lady (1881) signaled his arrival as a major American writer.”

Congratulations, Michael!