By Susan E. Gunter
Alice in Jamesland, the 1st biography of Alice Howe Gibbens James—wife of the psychologist and thinker William James, and sister-in-law of novelist Henry James—was made attainable by way of the rediscovery of 1000's of her letters and papers considered destroyed within the Nineteen Sixties. Encompassing ecu commute, Civil struggle profiteering, suicide, a stormy courtship, s?ances, psychedelic mushrooms, the loss of life of a kid, and a permanent love tale, Alice in Jamesland is a portrait of a nineteenth-century upper-middle-class marriage, advised usually via Alice’s personal letters and made the entire extra dynamic as a result of her position within the James kin. Susan E. Gunter positions Alice as a lens in which to view the relations, as a perceptive observer aware of wisdom of relationships to which these outdoors the James kin weren't. She additionally portrays Alice because the cohesive issue that held the Jameses jointly, bridging the distance among brothers William and Henry and appearing because the solid middle for a hugely proficient yet eccentric relatives. An idealistic, critical younger lady, Alice was once uniquely suited for sign up for this extended family, bringing mental soundness and unshakeable own conviction to her union with the Jameses. Her life’s tale offers a desirable view of 1 of America’s most vital highbrow dynasties and provides new insights into the lives of nineteenth-century girls. (20090611)
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Family lore and various commentators claim that Henry James Sr. -, at a club meeting. Upon his return to (& Quincy Street he announced to his wife, Mary, his son William, and his daughter, Alice, that he had met William’s future wife. Henry Sr. 1 At the same time that Henry James Sr. realized that she might make his son a suitable bride, Alice was choosing, too. This aging Swedenborgian’s moral compulsion matched her own intense interest in ethical and educational issues. Though they had not conversed at length, Henry James Sr.
58 Forced to wait until December to testify before the tribunal, Dr. Gibbens returned to his old habits of substance abuse. 59 He suffered delusions that the authorities were coming to arrest him, imagining he heard them coming in the house where he boarded. Three days before the trial he asked his friend J. F. Bailey to give his watch, diary, and ring to his mother. ', ij_hh_d]i On ( December, two days before he was to testify, Gibbens spent the evening in his boardinghouse. At eleven o’clock he sat at a table, writing.
They strolled through the city wearing colored caps and escorted by bull terriers. It is surprising that Eliza Gibbens allowed her daughters to remain in this setting for any length of time, even though they lived at a distance from the town’s center. However, Mrs. Gibbens only made decisions at Alice’s prodding and then reluctantly. Whether there were students about or not, the Gibbens girls were courted by men everywhere they went. ,/ Alice went to Badenweiler, a health spa with mineral springs well over a hundred miles south of Heidelberg.
Alice in Jamesland: The Story of Alice Howe Gibbens James by Susan E. Gunter