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Genuine Reality: A Life of William James

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Intellectual rebel, romantic pragmatist, aristocratic pluralist, William James was both a towering figure of the nineteenth century and a harbinger of the twentieth. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including 1,500 letters between James and his wife, acclaimed biographer Linda Simon creates an intimate portrait of this multifaceted and contradictory man. Exploring James's irrepressible family, his diverse friends, and the cultural and political forces to which he so energetically responded, Simon weaves the many threads of William James's life into a genuine, and vibrant, reality.

"William James . . . has never seemed so vulnerably human as in Linda Simon's biography. . . . [S]he vivifies James in such a way that his life and thought come freshly alive for the modern reader."—David S. Reynolds, New York Times Book Review

"Superb. . . . Genuine Reality is recommended reading for all soul-searchers."—George Gurley, Chicago Tribune

"Ms. Simon . . . has provided an ideal pathway for James's striding. . . . [Y]ou become engaged in his struggles as if they were your own."—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times

"[A]n excellent narrative biography at once sensitively told and lucidly written."—John Patrick Diggins, Wall Street Journal

Synopsis:

Introduction1. Mortification2. Gestation3. Appetites and Affections: 1847-18554. Other People's Rules: 1855-18605. Spiritual Dangers: 1860-18656. Descent: 1866-18707. Absolute Beginnings: 1870-18748. Engaged: 1875-18789. Gifts: 1878-188210. An Entirely New Segment of Life: 1882-188411. The Lost Child: 1885-188712. Family Romance: 1888-189013. Surcharged with Vitality: 1890-189314. Real Fights: 1894-189615. Civic Genius: 1897-189816. A Gleam of the End: 1899-190117. A Temper of Peace18. Mental Pirouettes: 1906-190719. The Pitch of Life: 1908-190920. Eclipse: 1910AcknowledgmentsNotesBibliographyIndex

Synopsis:

Intellectual rebel, romantic pragmatist, aristocratic pluralist, William James was both a towering figure of the nineteenth century and a harbinger of the twentieth. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including 1,500 letters between James and his wife, acclaimed biographer Linda Simon creates an intimate portrait of this multifaceted and contradictory man. Exploring James's irrepressible family, his diverse friends, and the cultural and political forces to which he so energetically responded, Simon weaves the many threads of William James's life into a genuine, and vibrant, reality."William James . . . has never seemed so vulnerably human as in Linda Simon's biography. . . . [S]he vivifies James in such a way that his life and thought come freshly alive for the modern reader."—David S. Reynolds, New York Times Book Review"Superb. . . . Genuine Reality is recommended reading for all soul-searchers."—George Gurley, Chicago Tribune"Ms. Simon . . . has provided an ideal pathway for James's striding. . . . [Y]ou become engaged in his struggles as if they were your own."—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times "[A]n excellent narrative biography at once sensitively told and lucidly written."—John Patrick Diggins, Wall Street Journal

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [433]-449) and index.

About the Author

Linda Simon is professor of English at Skidmore College in New York and the author of four books, including Coco Chanel, also published by Reaktion Books.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Mortification

2. Gestation

3. Appetites and Affections: 1847-1855

4. Other People's Rules: 1855-1860

5. Spiritual Dangers: 1860-1865

6. Descent: 1866-1870

7. Absolute Beginnings: 1870-1874

8. Engaged: 1875-1878

9. Gifts: 1878-1882

10. An Entirely New Segment of Life: 1882-1884

11. The Lost Child: 1885-1887

12. Family Romance: 1888-1890

13. Surcharged with Vitality: 1890-1893

14. Real Fights: 1894-1896

15. Civic Genius: 1897-1898

16. A Gleam of the End: 1899-1901

17. A Temper of Peace

18. Mental Pirouettes: 1906-1907

19. The Pitch of Life: 1908-1909

20. Eclipse: 1910

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226758596
Author:
Simon, Linda
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago, Ill. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Social Scientists & Psychologists
Subject:
Philosophers
Subject:
Reality
Subject:
Philosophers -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Scientists & Psychologists
Subject:
James, William
Subject:
Biography-Philosophers
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19990531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 halftones
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Introduction1. Mortification2. Gestation3. Appetites and Affections: 1847-18554. Other People's Rules: 1855-18605. Spiritual Dangers: 1860-18656. Descent: 1866-18707. Absolute Beginnings: 1870-18748. Engaged: 1875-18789. Gifts: 1878-188210. An Entirely New Segment of Life: 1882-188411. The Lost Child: 1885-188712. Family Romance: 1888-189013. Surcharged with Vitality: 1890-189314. Real Fights: 1894-189615. Civic Genius: 1897-189816. A Gleam of the End: 1899-190117. A Temper of Peace18. Mental Pirouettes: 1906-190719. The Pitch of Life: 1908-190920. Eclipse: 1910AcknowledgmentsNotesBibliographyIndex
"Synopsis" by ,
Intellectual rebel, romantic pragmatist, aristocratic pluralist, William James was both a towering figure of the nineteenth century and a harbinger of the twentieth. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including 1,500 letters between James and his wife, acclaimed biographer Linda Simon creates an intimate portrait of this multifaceted and contradictory man. Exploring James's irrepressible family, his diverse friends, and the cultural and political forces to which he so energetically responded, Simon weaves the many threads of William James's life into a genuine, and vibrant, reality."William James . . . has never seemed so vulnerably human as in Linda Simon's biography. . . . [S]he vivifies James in such a way that his life and thought come freshly alive for the modern reader."—David S. Reynolds, New York Times Book Review"Superb. . . . Genuine Reality is recommended reading for all soul-searchers."—George Gurley, Chicago Tribune"Ms. Simon . . . has provided an ideal pathway for James's striding. . . . [Y]ou become engaged in his struggles as if they were your own."—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times "[A]n excellent narrative biography at once sensitively told and lucidly written."—John Patrick Diggins, Wall Street Journal
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