Spring 1948 • Vol. X No. 2 Book Reviews |

Judgment, Form, Sensibility

The James Family by F. O. Maithiessen. Knopf. $6.75 The Notesbooks of Henry James. Edited by F. O. Maithiessen and Kenneth B. Murdock. Oxford. $6.00   It appears to me that the majority of reviewers of these latest gusts in the general James rage were rather more sectarian in what they wrote than anything else. Either they made their own what they could not cope with; got violent about immaterial minutiae; or jumped the editors into pulp because these books were not the books the reviewers would have prepared had they been the editors. For one thing, a rage produces sects and sects produce sectarianism: a kind of goaded craving that springs from unsatisfied experience, accompanied by all that kind of jealousy that goes with a breached exclusiveness to which one had no right except the passionate right in the first place. For another thing, the amount and scope of material in each of these books are probably impossible to encompass in the time elapsed since publication.

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