Books: Memories of a Mandarin

HENRY JAMES: AUTOBIOGRAPHY (622 pp.)—edited by Frederick W. Dupee— Criterion ($7.50).

"I sit heavily stricken and in darkness," wrote Henry James to a friend in the summer of 1910. His "ideal elder brother," Philosopher William James, had just died, and at 67, Henry was the sole survivor of four James brothers and one sister. As he sat down to write his autobiography, James must have felt that the face of life had not really smiled on him for two decades. His plays had pitiably flopped. At the opening-night curtain of one of them he...

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