James W. Tuttleton

James W. Tuttleton is a professor of English at New York University.

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  • Acts of Life
    January 1993

    Acts of Life

    The nearly lifelong friendship of Henry Adams and Henry James, both now accepted as writers of towening stature, was one of the most engaging yet contrary relationships in our literary history.

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  • From a Front Box
    June 1992

    From a Front Box

    Only the most devoted students of Henry Adams are likely to have bought and read the six-volume Complete Letters that Harvard University Press produced between 1982 and 1988.

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  • The Pathetic Individual
    March 1991

    The Pathetic Individual

    Perfection of the life or perfection of the art? The imperatives of art being what they are, Yeats thought that the writer could not have both. With the completion of Richard R. Lingeman's two-volume biography of Theodore Dreiser, it seems evident that Dreiser was fated to attain neither.

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  • Alone as Children Ever Are
    October 1990

    Alone as Children Ever Are

    In one of his most moving poems, "The Woman at the Washington Zoo," Randall Jarrell (1914-1965) presents a woman of no particular accomplishment who—feeling her life drab and colorless—looks at the caged animals, "these beings trapped / As I am trapped but not, themselves, the trap."

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  • The Way It Felt: Hemingway's Apprentice Years
    March 1990

    The Way It Felt: Hemingway's Apprentice Years

    If strange things are happening in the academy, perhaps none is stranger than the debate concerning the American literary canon provoked in part by the current reassessment of Ernest Hemingway's fiction.

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  • April 1989

    Old Possum in his Letters

    "I think one's letters ought to be X about oneself (I live up to this theory!)—what else is there to talk about? Letters should be indiscretions—otherwise they are simply official bulletins." So T.S. Eliot remarked to his Harvard classmate, the poet Conrad Aiken, in 1914.

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  • The Madness of Art
    November 1988

    The Madness of Art

    In "Resolution and Independence," Wordsworth lamented that "We Poets in our youth begin in gladness, / But thereof come in the end despondency and madness."

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  • May 1988

    Revolution in Technology, the Arts, and Politics

    When the historical sequence of men, of societies, of time and thought failed Henry Adams—sequences that might have yielded him some meaning about life—he remarked in The Education that he found himself in the Paris Gallery of Machines at the Great Exposition of 1900, "his historical neck broken by the sudden irruption of forces totally new."

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  • The Scandal in T.S. Eliot's Life
    April 1988

    The Scandal in T.S. Eliot's Life

    T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), dead now for more than 20 years, continues to vex those for whom his poetry is not complete—or is not completely to be understood—without an intimate knowledge of his biography.

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