Meet the Jameses

The Young Alice James Keeps Quiet at Dinner

Friday, July 18th, 2008 Posted in Meet the Jameses | No Comments »

"Edward Emerson [son of Ralph Waldo Emerson] visited in Newport in 1860 and 1861, witnessing the congenial battlefield that was the James household, particularly since all four boys had reached their teens.  It daunted even Emerson's son to stay, as ...

Henry James Jr.’s Injury Keeps Him Out of the Civil War

Thursday, July 10th, 2008 Posted in Meet the Jameses | No Comments »

"In the middle of the night on April 17, 1861, with 'the smoke of Charleston bay still acrid in the air,' Harry, perhaps stimulated by the atmosphere of excitement, pitched in with a crowd of young men who were fighting ...

Teenage William James Defends the U.S.A.

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008 Posted in Meet the Jameses | No Comments »

"William looked at the high corniced houses and great parks of the world's largest city with a more jaundiced eye--the eye of a sardonic, assertive adolescent and a partisan of New York.  London, he calculated in a letter to a ...

Henry and Mary James, Unusual Newlyweds

Saturday, June 28th, 2008 Posted in Meet the Jameses | No Comments »

"Henry [Senior]'s new tea-table existence may have been the least of the burdens of his jobless, stay-at-home life.  Men of the time frequently drank rum, whiskey, or gin mixed with bitters even before breakfast; took a liquor break at midmorning, ...

Mary Walsh James Faces the Panic of 1837

Thursday, June 26th, 2008 Posted in Meet the Jameses | No Comments »

"Before the Panic, the view from the big front windows of her drawing room had provided young Mary Walsh with welcome distraction.  With her needlework in her lap, she could sit for hours and watch Manhattan's well-tailored society pass by.  ...

Henry James Sr., Alcoholic at the Age of Ten

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 Posted in Meet the Jameses | No Comments »

"Young Henry took full advantage, developing a knack for swigging from all the wrong bottles.  As he later recalled, he plunged into 'the habit of taking a drink of raw gin or brandy on my way to school morning and ...

Henry James Sr. Sweeps his Family off to Europe

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 Posted in Meet the Jameses | No Comments »

"Though small, spare, and unbalanced in his gait, Henry James Sr. loved to pit himself against the uncomprehending world.  Sometimes he walked with canes, to cope with a childhood injury, but more often this self-appinted prophet of social reform cast ...