Autobiographical narrative by Henry James, published in 1913. Originally intending “to place together some particulars of the early life of William James and present him in his setting,” the author found, he says, that “To knock at the door of the past was … to see it open to me quite wide—to see the world within begin to 'compose' … round the primary figure, see it people itself vividly and insistently.” This account, consequently, is a richly detailed narrative, vivacious and revealing, of the boyhood experiences of the celebrated brothers, their family circle, and the cosmopolitan background that formed their minds, from the period of James's earliest recollections to the year 1859. The narrative is continued in Notes of a Son and Brother (1914).
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