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Travels with Henry James


“To travel with James in these pages is to take an unhurried vacation with a thoroughly seasoned, supremely cultivated, acutely intelligent companion. Our guide is a curious, engaged observer not only of landscapes and streets and cathedrals but also of paintings and plays and the characteristics—national, social, and individual—of the people we encounter at his side. This is a book to be read slowly, the better to absorb its sights and sounds, its insights and reflections.” —from the foreword by Hendrik Hertzberg

Brimming with charm, wit, and biting criticism, this new collection of travel essays reintroduces Henry James as a formidable travel companion. Whether for a trip to Lake George or an afternoon visit to an art exhibit in Paris, James will delight readers with his insights and make them feel nostalgic for places they’ve never been.

about Henry James and Hendrik Hertzberg

  • Henry James (1843–1916) is the author of such classic novels as The Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw, Daisy Miller, The Golden Bowl, and Washington Square.


"James...is a delightful travel partner." —The Wall Street Journal

"Readers will love being privy to the picturesque realities of the American Northeast, and to James’s detailed observations of daily life during in 1872 during the summer he spent in traveling across Europe. James devotees will find that his essays are delightful, vivid, and generally uplifting.” —Publishers Weekly

"Henry James preempted me by a century or so. When I started Conde Nast Traveler in 1986, the ambition was to bring truth to travel, contraband in those days of souped-up public relations and freebies, but relieve the rawness of our independent criticism with the literary graces of such as Robert Hughes, Pico Iyer, Christopher Buckley, Edmund White, Simon Winchester. Well, Henry James made the felicitous combination of honesty and literature before I was born, and this little book is a joy I wish I'd read before. It’s small enough to slip into a side pocket. Travel with Henry James. You will never be bored!" –Harold Evans, Conde Nast Traveler

"This is a fascinating collection of reports from travels in England, Europe and the United States, as the young Henry James finds his voice. In this pages he discovers the tone which will become his hallmark as a writer of fiction, a tone which is both precise and leisurely, filled with shapely sentences, and also witty and sharp and perceptive" –Colm Toibin

"No writer in history was a better describer than James, and nobody could get more mileage from a word like 'physiognomically.' These essays, full of the sweet enthusiasm of the great man's youth, offer vista after vista and delight after delight." –Ian Frazier

“The James we encounter in these playful pages is a brilliant young writer coming into his powers and displaying his abilities as a wit and a stylist, as well as his acuteness of observation and his genius for evoking a place, an atmosphere or a feeling. The pleasure James takes in his visits is infectious, and the high spirits of this deliciously approachable book will not only win him new admirers, but may surprise old ones. A real addition to the James canon." –Philip Horne, editor of Henry James: A Life in Letters

other editions

  • Hardcover | ISBN 9781568585772
    Pub date: 2016-10-25 | Price: $19.99/25.99 Canada
    Publisher: Nation Books
    5.400 x 7.600 | 304 Pages
    Travel / Essays & Travelogues

  • eBook | ISBN 9781568585789
    Pub date: 2016-10-25 | Price: $12.99/12.99 Canada
    Publisher: Nation Books
    5.250 x 7.250 | 304 Pages
    Travel / Essays & Travelogues