First edition, first print hardback of THE FATHER (A Life of Henry James, Sr) by Alfred Habegger and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1994. Signed by Habegger on the title page.
The book is in very good+ condition (quarterbound cream cloth boards with gold lettering to brown cloth spine) with light creasing to the top of the spine. The book is in a very good unclipped dust jacket that has light creasing to the top of the front and back covers and top and bottom of the spine. Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears or other inscriptions.
Henry James Sr.'s children included William, the psychologist and philosopher; Henry Jr., the novelist; and Alice, author of a noted diary. What kind of father stood by his epochally brilliant, original, energetic, and often troubled progeny? A noted writer himself, whose friends included the leading American thinkers of his time, James was a passionate, contradictory character.
Alfred Habegger's The Father is the first biography that attempts to capture the bewildering complexities of the James' father's public and private history - his early engagement with a radically deviant Calvinism, his stunning embrace of both authoritarian and democratic systems of ruling, his rich humanity and comic gifts, and his dealings with the most interesting people of his time. Henry Sr. had a headlong drivenness that took on a maniacal edge following the loss of a leg in adolescence, and as a father he turned the full force of what he was on his children. Impeccably researched and written, Alfred Habegger's account of Henry Sr.'s tumultouous life is a major new contribution to American biography.
505 pages including black & white photographs, plus Acknowledgements, Notes, Charts of the James Family and the Robertson-Walsh Family and Index.
ISBN: 0 374 15383 3
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