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By Henry James

James' correspondents incorporated presidents and leading ministers, painters and nice girls, actresses and bishops, and the writers Robert Louis Stevenson, H.G. Wells and Edith Wharton. This fully-annotated choice from James' eloquent correspondence permits the author to bare himself and the interesting international within which he lived. The letters offer a wealthy and interesting resource for James' perspectives on his personal works, at the literary craft, on intercourse, politics and friendship. jointly they represent, in Philip Horne's personal phrases, James' 'real and top biography'.

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