The Portable Henry James Author:Henry James edited by Morton Dauwen Zabel "The Beast in the Jungle", The Bench of Desolation", "The Pupil" -- All complete. — short stories - Criticism - travel - Autographical writings - Letters. — Second Printing May 1956 — When then 100th anniversary of Henry James's birth arrived in 1943 it saw his fame sweeping into the full tide of a revival that has a t last and belatedly put him in... more » the forefront literary ranks of the english-speaking world.
James's books have become a standing example of what he meant when he told H.G. Wells that literature 'makes life, makes interest, makes importantce..." We are fully aware today -- in a time of prolonged crisis disintegrating traditions -- of how much importance, literary and social, accrues to his novels and stories. In fact a great share of the history of his age now appears to find permanent image in his pages - an image that was projected in such a way as to give a new direction to America fiction.« less