Autobiography

Autobiographies: A Small Boy and Others / Notes of a Son and by Henry James

By Henry James

The main vast selection of Henry James's autobiographical writings ever released deals a revelatory self-portrait from one in every of America's splendid novelists and his recognized kinfolk. In 1911, deeply tormented by the demise of his brother William the 12 months earlier than, Henry James begun engaged on a e-book approximately his adolescence. As was once commonplace for James in his later years, he dictated his memories to his secretary Theodora Bosanquet, who recalled how “a instantly dive into the earlier delivered to the outside treasure after treasure.” A Small Boy and Others (1913) and the 2 autobiographical books that followed—Notes of a Son and Brother (1914) and the unfinished, posthumously released the center Years—stand together with his later novels as one of many enduring triumphs of his ultimate years. not just did James create one of many singular self-portraits in American literature, he additionally formed a richly distinct account of his popular relations, specially his father, the social thinker Henry James Sr., his brother William, and his expensive cousin Minny Temple, thought for the heroines of 2 of his maximum novels, The Portrait of a girl and The Wings of the Dove.
Rounding out the amount is a variety of 8 different own memories and, as an appendix, his secretary’s insightful and affectionate memoir, “Henry James at Work.”

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They made me leave the room while they sutured his ear, but I could hear him hollering. He kept saying, “Wait, mister! Wait a minute, Mister! ” I felt so bad for him, although the outcome could have been much worse. I found a babysitter for Dana and his sister during the day while I went back to school. The sitter, a friend of my mother, had six kids of her own and lived two blocks up the street from my mom’s house. Kelly and her brother had become used to being together all the time, Kelly had never known a time when Dana was not with her.

It was the sixties and seventies, and my friends and I were pacifists (make love, not war), and it seems Dana was following our lead. In his school picture from kindergarten, he has cuts and scabs on the bridge of his nose and on both of his lips. The one on his nose was from another little boy cracking Dana across the face with a metal shovel when Dana tried to stop this boy from beating up another boy at the playground next to our house. The busted up lips happened when Dana was on a slide at school and another little boy climbed up and got in front of the child who was waiting his turn to go down the slide.

The three boys were begging Dana to call off his dog. Dana told Swizzle to stop, and the two of them walked off side by side to the house. Dana was so excited that Swizzle had come to his rescue he could not wait to tell me how she had just saved him from these three older boys. I did not let him know I had seen the whole thing. Those boys never bothered Dana again, and word spread throughout this small town that Dana had a dog that would attack you if you bothered Dana. Dana never again had any bullies or older kids bother him for the seven years we lived in Ware.

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