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Henry James and His Life in London

The historic buildings and lifestyle of late Victorian London were the subject of James’s brilliant essays entitled English Hours (1905), which in turn, serve as the inspiration for this visually illustrated course. James’s astute observations in those essays enable us to understand a city that the author knew so well—a city that he frequently admired and occasionally admonished. We examine in detail the many London places that he explored, from medieval to Thameside, including Westminster Abbey, the royal parks, Hampstead, Greenwich, and Chelsea. Also included are areas such as Bloomsbury, which were associated with the many artists, writers, and historians who were colleagues or associates of Henry James, the Londoner.
Please note that each course session will include a break for lunch.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Greater insight into the life and work of Henry James
  • Knowledge of the London scene during the time that James resided there

Ideal for

  • Those wishing to learn more about 19th-century literary culture
  • Anyone with an interest in British history
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.