Beloved Boy: Letters to Hendrik C. Andersen, 1899–1915

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Already the subject of articles in the International Herald Tribune and the London Times, Beloved Boy is a remarkable collection of letters tracing Henry James’s fascination with and enduring devotion to a young Norwegian-American artist. James was already fifty-six when, visiting Rome in 1899, he was introduced to the twenty-seven--year-old Hendrik Andersen. In an uncanny instance of life imitating art, Andersen bore an unmistakable resemblance to the title character of James’s 1875 novel Roderick Hudson―a figure who, like Andersen, was a young sculptor venturing into life as an expatriate in Italy. Although his initial meeting with Andersen was brief, James was deeply moved by the young man. He wrote to Andersen almost immediately after his return to his Sussex home, and remained a faithful correspondent until his own death in 1915.

The two men met on only seven occasions, and never for more than a few days, so their friendship was almost entirely epistolary. The letters assembled here, nearly half of which are previously unpublished, exhibit a voice decidedly more vulnerable than that which we usually associate with James. They also shed new light on the writer’s homoerotic leanings, as he approaches Andersen with a passion, as well as a tenderness, typically reserved for a lover.

Even greater than his feelings for Andersen, however, was James’s devotion to art. Despite an initially positive opinion, James was forced to reassess Andersen’s work, which became increasingly grandiose– exhibiting "megalomania," as James bluntly diagnosed it. The sculptor’s tendency toward monumentality, including plans for a utopian "World City," were at odds with James’s commitment to observing reality in all its complexity and imperfection. Despite this, James’s affection for his friend never wavered; his letters remained occasions to celebrate the youth and beauty personified for him by Andersen.

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About the Author:

Rosella Mamoli Zorzi is Chair of the American Studies program at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. Millicent Bell is Professor of English Emerita at Boston University. Elena di Majo is Director of the Hendrik C. Andersen Museum in Rome.

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[T]hese letters provide yet another fascinating facet of one of America's most significant and enigmatic writers. This edition is the most complete of James' letters to Andersen, and both the notes and the introduction are excellent without being intrusive.... certainly a must for any James scholar or university library.

(The Bloomsbury Review)

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Descrizione libro University of Virginia Press, United States, 2004. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Already the subject of articles in the International Herald Tribune and the London Times, Beloved Boy is a remarkable collection of letters tracing Henry James s fascination with and enduring devotion to a young, Norwegian-American artist. James was already 56 when, visiting Rome in 1899, he was introduced to the 27-year-old Hendrik Andersen. In an uncanny instance of life imitating art, Andersen bore an unmistakable resemblance to the title character of James s 1875 novel Roderick Hudson - a figure who, like Andersen, was a young sculptor venturing into life as an expatriate in Italy. Although his initial meeting with Andersen was brief, James was deeply moved by the young man. He wrote to Andersen almost immediately after his return to his Sussex home, and remained a faithful correspondent until his own death in 1915. The two men met on only seven occasions, and never for more than a few days, so their friendship was almost entirely epistolary. The letters assembled here, nearly half of which are previously unpublished, exhibit a voice decidedly more vulnerable than that which we usually associate with James. They also shed new light on the writer s homoerotic leanings, as he approaches Andersen with a passion, as well as a tenderness, typically reserved for a lover. Even greater than his feelings for Andersen, however, was James s devotion to art. Despite an initially positive opinion, James was forced to reassess Andersen s work, which became increasingly grandiose - exhibiting megalomania, as James bluntly diagnosed it. The sculptor s tendency toward monumentality, including plans for a utopian World City, were at odds with James s commitment to observing reality in all its complexity and imperfection. Despite this, James s affection for his friend never wavered; his letters remained occasions to celebrate the youth and beauty personified for him in Andersen. Codice libro della libreria AAC9780813922706

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