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By Martha Banta

The yank (1877) was once written the very yr Henry James devoted himself to creating his method as an writer outdoor of the US. It hence shaped a part of the short that James needed to draw up either for and opposed to his countrymen. This choice of unique essays casts new gentle in this and different significant points of the unconventional: the French literary impacts on James as he gravitated among the genres of the romantic and the reasonable novel; the many-layered French political scene that he integrated into the radical; the complicated gender roles of his characters; and the pervasive influence of capitalism upon them.

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Paul John Eakin, in "Reference in Biography: Henry James and the Fictions of Creativity," and James M. Cox, in "James's Trials in Autobiography" (papers presented before the Henry James Society at the 1985 Modern Language Association Convention) analyze the Portsmouth Grove scene in terms of the way it helped James to believe that he, too, was a participant in the war as a "wounded 'wound-dresser' " in order to offset the embarrassment caused by the "obscure hurt" that supposedly prevented him from entering military service.

He assured her there was nothing left of it, and at this, dropping her embroidery, she got up and came near him. "I needn't tell you at this hour how I've felt for you. But I liked you as you are," she said. "As I am - ? " She stood before him and put out her hand as for his own, which he a little blankly let her take. "Just exactly as you are," she repeated and very tenderly and beautifully kissed it. " she signed as she went back to her place. 39 During the 1920s alone, J. 42 Who is the American, the man of unadulterated good nature and innate nobility of action (as the 1907 conclusion might appear to emphasize through its deletion of any sudden recoil on Newman's part when faced with the fact that he has foolishly discarded his best means for revenge) or the man who has perhaps done "the decent thing" by foregoing vindictiveness but who still experiences an instinctual reversion to that "baser" motive (as the 1877 version largely suggests)?

Appleton's Journal of August 1877 liked The American. " Foreigners, "reading it as a representative American novel, would be sorely puzzled to know if Newman, whom Mr. " The reviewer concludes by questioning whether the bad types of our men and women are not caricatured enough by foreigners; whether it is commendable in American authors not merely to lampoon the national foibles which ought to be lampooned but to paint an illiterate and audacious gawk in a pretendedly fine frame and label him a representative American?

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