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Henry James and the Queerness of Style$
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Kevin Ohi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816654932

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816654932.001.0001

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Hover, Torment, Waste: Late Writings and the Great War

Hover, Torment, Waste: Late Writings and the Great War

(p.109) Chapter 3 Hover, Torment, Waste: Late Writings and the Great War
Henry James and the Queerness of Style

Kevin Ohi

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the words hover, torment, and waste that resurface in a series of late Henry James’ writings—his introduction to Rupert Brooke’s Letters from America; A Small Boy and Others; Is There a Life after Death?, a letter to Robert S. Rantoul for the 1904 Hawthorne centennial; and his preface to The Tempest. Hover, torment, and waste present different modes of self-subtraction through which author and reader meet. The chapter examines James’s description of Brooke’s early death in the context of the relationship between art and life, and text and world.

Keywords:   hover, torment, waste, Rupert Brooke, Robert S. Rantoul, Letters from America, A Small Boy and Others, Is There a Life after Death, The Tempest

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