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This is a shame.
I have read several Henry James novels and enjoyed them greatly.
Unfortunately this biography covering his birth to his early manhood is a mirror of a rather pampered and uninteresting life.
Maybe later in his life he took up bullfighting, crime and drunken debauchery – anything interesting – but as far as I can tell a great mind does not necessitate a great life.
The Fire that Fueled the Writings of Henry James

This review of the first volume of Edel's biography covers James’s childhood and young manhood up to 1870 when, in his late twenties, he had thoroughly settled on a career as a writer.

Edel has a strong, carefully documented thesis: Henry James suffered from second brother syndrome.
Since he could never precede the arrival in the world of his older brother (the future philosopher William James) he thought of himself as incapable of ever surpassing William in any way at all.
Henry therefore felt of necessity inadequate, especially as a man.
Also, he saw his father as weak compared to his mother because when she died, Henry Senior could hardly carry on without her.
Henry Junior imagined that if he himself ever married, his father’s incapacity might take hold of him as well.
Hence the fear of women, the marriage bed and marriage itself that afflicts so many of the heroes of Henry James’s fiction.

Henry’s two younger brothers Wilkie and Bob, along with two of his youthful male friends, Oliver Wendell Holmes (the future Supreme Court Justice) and John Chipman Gray (later a distinguished jurist) all served in the Civil War.
Henry, who did not, admitted that during a stay in New Hampshire’s White Mountains he felt hopelessly lacking in masculinity by comparison with the heroic veterans Holmes and Gray.
That was especially true when the three of them were in the company of Mary (Minny) Temple, the head tossing woman who appears to have inspired the portraits of so many of James’s most attractive fictional heroines (Isabel Archer, for example.

James’s tactic in dealing with his sense of sexual inadequacy was to develop what Edel calls a “façade of passivity”—an image of noncompetitive observation, as though he were above the mate finding fray.

In preparation for his anticipated literary career Henry fed his restrained sexual energy with a staggering amount of reading and the discipline of long hours of writing.
As 1870 approached and he decided definitely on being a writer, he gradually poured out his damned up energy in the flood of lifelong productivity that constitutes his work.

I read the condensed version of Edel's biography of Henry James "Henry James: A Life", but felt I could not in all good conscious work academically with James and not read the full, 5 volume biography.
As brilliant a biography as this is, and it is, I remembered why I find Edel a little annoying.

Henry James was and unbelievably detailed novelist, sensitive, prolific, and a true artistic force.
He was also a very fascinating manbut he was just a man.
Edel loves to portray Henry, and the rest of his family, as some otherworldly or mythic figure.
In discussing Henry and William's relationship, Edel compares them to Esau and Jacob.
Then proceeds to say that "The parallels are there because the ancient story touched upon eternal truths" (241).
My exact margin note was "fuck off, Edel".
Henry and William's relationship was not Esau and Jacob, nor is there eternal truth.
That kind of parallel doesn't have a place in a biography, it does make a great story though.
This volume, at the very least, was an entertaining read.

So, if you enjoy James' work, and find the man a fascinating figure, then do read the 5 volumes.
The single condensed version is just as good and much of the "biblical" James is thankfully absent.
On to volume 2.

If you're really into Henry James, this is the biography to go for.
This is the first volume in a multivolume work.
It's easy to tell that Edel is enthusiastic about James and his work.
Figure in the Carpet

Edel takes a chronological approach to his subject, beginning with sharp portraits of Henry James Sr.
and Mary Walsh, before taking in the years of their son's life, from 1843 to 1870.
The first installment of this fivevolume work ends with the death of Minny Temple, James's beloved young cousin, and with his return to Boston after a year's travel in Europe.

The chronological narrative is occasionally interrupted by sidebar discussions of significant events in young James's life, for instance, his nightmare based on his experience of the Louvre.
These discussions highlight what Edel sees as the themes of this writer's life.
The nightmare, illuminated by other incidents, illustrates the fierce sibling rivalry between William and Henry, the latter obsessed with being second born, and so with being inferior to the elder.

Another theme is James's fear of female sexuality, a fear his biographer lays at the door ofnot quite persuasivelyhis mother's "vampirish" consumption of his father's energies.
The same fear emasculates any possible courtship of Minny Temple, and genuine though Henry's grief was for this young woman her death also provided his mind and his art with an ideal image.
I am disappointed that Edel does not discuss James's sexual feelings for men.

A third theme is Henry's "obscure hurt," which Edel settles in favor of a lower back injury, and not, according to rumors that solidified into fact, castration.
Henryor Harry as he was nicknamed, partly to distinguish him from his dadsuffered his injury at the outbreak of the Civil War, which he, like his older brother, sat out.
His younger brothers, Bob and Wilkie, did enlist, and this probably strengthened Harry's selfconception of feminized passivity.

In lucid prose Edel's storytelling is wellpaced, though the seemingly endless succession of European hotels and houses through which Henry was dragged up by his father is a little wearying to read.
Edel makes copious but not noncritical use of James's own memoirs Notes of a Son and Brother and A Small Boy, as well as letters written by James and various family members and friends.
Where appropriate, he points out the links between life and art, such as the governess who probably inspired the same character in "The Turn of the Screw," or, more obviously, Minny Temple who was the inspiration for Milly Theale in The Wings of a Dove.

Beyond characters, Edel is also quick to trace in James's carpet of writing the patterns in the life.
Such explanations, of life and art, are what we have come to expect of biographies, but their effect runs counter to Edel's avowed aim, as given in an epigraph quoting James: "To live over people's lives is nothing unless we live over their perceptions, live over the growth, the change, the varying intensity of the samesince it was by these things they themselves lived.
" To explain is not quite the same as to live over.
What is wonderful in James's writing is the tone, the shape, the size of his perceptions, and explanation, like narrative, must baffle itself before it can touch perception.