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.”
In her own words:
It was devastating. I tried everything to get out of my funk, but nothing was working!
“Then one day, I took my car in for new tires at Tires Tires Tires and magically blasted out like 5,000 words in their fabulous waiting room. It was incredible. And the scenery wasn’t bad either! Complimentary coffee that was actually delicious, comfortable seating, free cookies, friendly staff.
I had found my mother ship!”
Roth’s work, influenced by the likes of John Updike, William Faulkner and Franz Kafka, is mainly semi-autobiographical and set in his birthplace, Newark, New Jersey.
One of the most awarded novelists of his generation, Roth won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for his novel American Pastoral (US – UK). This has since been made in to a film starring Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning, joining the list of seven of his other works that have also been adapted for the big screen. Read More
Caryl Phillips was born on the Caribbean Island of St Kitts on 13th March 1958, 4 months later he moved to England with his parents who settled in Leeds.
Phillips read English at Queen’s College Oxford, during which time he directed plays and spent his summers working at The Edinburgh Festival. When he graduated in 1979 he moved to Edinburgh where he wrote his first play “Strange Fruit”. Read More
A literary iconoclast during his lifetime, Kerouac’s popularity only grew with his premature death and his books are as popular today as they always were, maybe more so considering the number of his works published posthumously. Read More
The American crime novelist wrote pulp detective fiction often featuring his detective character, Mike Hammer. The books were, and still are, very popular having sold more than 225 million copies internationally. Critics fought against some of the more sexually explicit and violet aspects of his books but Spillane knew what his fans liked, and more importantly to him, what they liked to pay for.
He died in South Carolina, US on the 17th of July in 2006, and his ashes were scattered in a creek near his home there.