Henry James (15th April 1843 – 28th February 1916) was an American born, British author and is regarded as one of the key figures of 19th century literary realism.
James is best known for Turn of the Screw, and The Portrait of a Lady (US – UK), which looked at the contrast between Europeans and Americans, and several of the author’s novels run along the same theme. His style of writing from the protagonists point of view allows narrative to include conciousness and perception making him a groundbreaking author of his day.
Today we’re looking at some quotes from the author, here are our favourites.
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
“I don’t want everyone to like me; I should think less of myself if some people did.”
“She feels in italics and thinks in CAPITALS.”
“Sorrow comes in great waves…but rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us, it leaves us. And we know that if it is strong, we are stronger, inasmuch as it passes and we remain.”
“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
“Never say you know the last word about any human heart.”
“Try to be one of those on whom nothing is lost.”
“…and the great advantage of being a literary woman, was that you could go everywhere and do everything.”
“Excellence does not require perfection.”
“One can’t judge till one’s forty; before that we’re too eager, too hard, too cruel, and in addition much too ignorant.”
Sadly Leo passed away in April 2017, aged 86, but has left behind him a legacy of legendary characters still in comic book circulation today. I, personally, owe him a debt of gratitude for my first heroine of literature I looked up to: Minnie the Minx, a violent, rebel girl who hated snobby parents and boring kids.
Robert’s life was far from simple, or easy, and this is reflected in his wise and intelligent musings within his work. It is difficult to condense such a fine body of work into a small blog but we hope we have done some justice to the great writer by choosing our favourite 10 quotes from Zen…
Stare at it! For a long time… Read More
During WWII Muriel worked as a propagandist for the Political Intelligence Department for the British Foreign Office, but once the war was over she concentrated on her writing, in particular poetry and literary criticism.
Muriel considered her joining the Roman Catholic Church to be important in her development as a novelist as it apparently gave her an insight into the meaning of human existence. Her first novel was published in 1957, named The Comforters, and centred on a young woman who discovers she is a character in a novel (I have yet to read it but it sounds fascinating!).
Her most popular novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was published in 1961, which was adapted for stage and film in the 1960s, and for television in the 70s.
Muriel passed away on April 13th 2006, survived by her estranged son.
Beckett’s work often looked at the bleaker aspects of human existence and his use of black comedy and gallows humour can be seen throughout his work. Considered to be one of the last modernist writers, Beckett was one of the key figures in the Theatre of the Absurd, a post WWII designation for plays of absurdist fiction written during the late 1950s. Read More
Internet celebrities swiftly became a normal part of this cyber world; once only singers, actors, and other artists rose to the heady heights of stardom, but now it seems a reachable goal for many, many more people (and animals) than before. Even TIME Magazine is categorising this newer celebrity culture, with their own list of ‘Most Influential Internet Stars…’
This new type of celebrity has created a new genre of book, which is great news for us Reading Addicts! We can now enjoy the likes of Esther the Wonder Pig, or British YouTube stars Amazing Phil and Dan Is Not On Fire in book form.
Here are a few of the best social media stars’ books around today. Enjoy!