Overview for The Literary Criticism of Henry James
The book highlights very jucidly and cogently the usually neglected aspects of henry James i.e. his critical achievement. â€œAt the time of La Harpeâ€, writes Flaubert. â€œThey (the critics) were grammarians, at the time of St. Beuveand of Taine, they are historians . When will they be artists, only artist, but really artist?â€ Henry James stood in the presence of Flaubert as a young man and we can say that he has supplied in answer by writing Notes on Novelist, or rather, by his whole criticism. A true reader passionately interested in arts or literature will nasturally feel drawn towards Jamesâ€™ productions, both novels as well as criticism. Art for James, as for F.R. K Levels is not only a perfection of form. Levis defends novels and novelists in Jamesâ€™s manner: moral concern, respect for life, serious criticism of manners and morals. James considered Flaubert most conspicuous of the faithless because he was supposed to have listened at least to the â€˜chamber of the soulâ€™. This would have floated flaubert on a deeper tide. James says that Whitmanâ€™s claim that he sings the idea of allâ€™ is the flashy limitation of ideas which turns into medley of extravagances and commonplaces. Although james flalled to achieve success as a dramatist hehimself once said that the theatre had given him â€˜ a mastery of fundamental statement.â€™ He says that English novelists have vast experience of the positive kind. James insists thatâ€ criticism in the nobler sense of the world is for me, enjoyment,â€ that the critical principle is â€˜the appreciative, the real gustatory.â€
Md. Hanief (Author)
Dr. MD. Hanief (b. 1936 received his Ph. D. from Patna University in 1972. He has authored many outstanding books including T.S. Eliot: The Theory and Practice of Criticism and Criticism and Solipsism and other Essays on T.S. Eliot Dr. Hanief is also the author of a number of literary articles which were published in various Journals and were also broadcast on AIR. He also writes with equal command in Urdu. He has been honoured by Bihar urdu Academy, Currently he is University Deptt.of English, Magadh University, Both-Gaya.