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By Henry James, Philip Horne

You want to paint her similar to that ... because the Tragic Muse'

Thus indicates considered one of James's characters to Nick Dormer, the younger Englishman who, in the course of the process the radical, will courageously withstand the glittering Parliamentary profession wanted for him via his kinfolk, in an effort to paint. His development is counterpointed by means of the 'Tragic Muse' of the name, Miriam Rooth, one among James's so much fierily appealing creations, an excellent actress detached to social popularity, and triumphantly devoted to her art.

In portraying the clash among paintings and 'the world' that is his novel's important proposal, James engaged obliquely with present debates at the new aestheticism of Pater and Wilde and at the nature of the actor's functionality. in the course of the dwelling complexity of his protagonists he finds how a lot, as Philip Horne places it, 'to take paintings heavily as an result in itself ... continues to be a provocative course'.

This Penguin vintage types the 1st totally annotated variation of The Tragic Muse and, including textual notes, Philip Horne offers a stimulating advent, a word list and bibliography.

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