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June 2013

Henry James's America

by Stephen Miller

Henry James’s time spent among immigrants gave him a unique perspective on their lives.


John Singer Sargent,
Henry James (1913)

Henry James is widely regarded as a writer who was deeply disturbed by the new immigrants who came to America after 1890—mainly Jews from Eastern Europe and Italians from Southern Italy and Sicily. James wrote about the new immigrants in The American Scene (1907), an account of his visit to the U.S. in 1904–1905 after an absence of two decades. In their introduction to a selection from The American Scene (1907), the edit ...

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Stephen Miller’s Walking New York: Reflections of American Writers from Walt Whitman to Teju Cole (Fordham University Press) will be published this fall.


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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 31 June 2013, on page 23

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