The Tragic Muse

The Tragic Muse Henry James puts the gimlet eye on an actress and a painter and the passions they arouse among friends and possible lovers He also finds inspiration in a character suggested by Oscar Wilde in what sc

  • Title: The Tragic Muse
  • Author: Henry James Philip Horne
  • ISBN: 9780140433890
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback
  • Henry James puts the gimlet eye on an actress and a painter, and the passions they arouse among friends and possible lovers He also finds inspiration in a character suggested by Oscar Wilde in what scholar Leon Edel calls a witty and sophisticated novel.

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    1. Henry James Philip Horne

      Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the encounter of America with Europe His plots centered on personal relationships, the proper exercise of power in such relationships, and other moral questions His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allowed him to explore the phenomena of consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting.James insisted that writers in Great Britain and America should be allowed the greatest freedom possible in presenting their view of the world, as French authors were His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to realistic fiction, and foreshadowed the modernist work of the twentieth century An extraordinarily productive writer, in addition to his voluminous works of fiction he published articles and books of travel writing, biography, autobiography, and criticism,and wrote plays, some of which were performed during his lifetime with moderate success His theatrical work is thought to have profoundly influenced his later novels and tales.

    379 thoughts on “The Tragic Muse”

    1. Originally serialized in the Atlantic Monthly and subsequently first published as a book in 1890, The Tragic Muse is one of the most highly polished, aesthetically attuned novels ever written, featuring one of the most provocative, aesthetically attuned characters in all of literature – Gabriel Nash. I love reading this novel and how Gabriel Nash challenges everyone he encounters, all those men and women who discount feelings and sensations and who take the world and life in other than purely [...]

    2. You know I did read this once but it was in one ear and out the other. Henry James : Blah blah blahMe : Yeah sure

    3. I can finally put aside this warm, well-thumbed and softened paperback. I think it is the first social kunstlerroman I've ever read. Joyce's 'Portrait of the Artist as Young Man' and Nabokov's 'The Gift' are anchored in the artist's point of view, and we see the world warping and changing as the artist's sensibility evolves. James, however, observes his two artists--the actress Miriam Rooth and the painter Nick Dormer--from the outside, from a social distance. The story is not about art as it is [...]

    4. A tale of the theater, and of painting, and of politics, and of art versus love. I've read it four or more times, at least once for the pleasure of it and about three times as I adapted it into an (as yet unused) opera libretto.

    5. Despite the title, the Tragic Muse doesn't really have the tragic intensity of James's greatest work. It's basically a comedy. One of his wittiest books. James can be so hilariously bitchy, and the opening sentence is one of the best ever: "The people of France have made it no secret that those of England, as a general thing, are, to their perception, an inexpressive and speechless race, perpendicular and unsociable, unaddicted to enrichingany bareness of contact with verbal or other embroidery. [...]

    6. Two young men, well-born English cousins, are faced with conflicts between their professional careers and their passion for the arts. One, an ambitious diplomat and amateur connaisseur of the theater, is madly in love with the young muse of the title, whom he has mentored from a gifted nobody into a budding queen of the stage. He wants to have his career and the girl both, but because they are irreconcilable, demands that the girl give up the stage. A true artist, she refuses. He eventually come [...]

    7. An entertaining read, once you get used to the elliptical language. But the linguistic style soon becomes part of the enjoyment, along with the droll characterizations. The world of politics and respectable society meets that of the arts, via an exemplary actress and an unlikely artist, stirred up by a trickster character - Gabriel Nash - who is loved, hated and misunderstood, but gets things moving. The action is slow, and not much happens really. But it works as an extended observation of the [...]

    8. So I'm sitting in the dentist's chair, with a dental dam in my mouth, listening to the dentist and her assistant talk. The assistant says to the dentist "I had the weirdest dream last night, you quit your job to become a painter!" The dentist replies "Well, that wouldn't be a very smart financial move with my student loans."I couldn't tell them (that stuff in my mouth), hey, I once quit my career to become an artist. But at that time I never thought of it in those bald of terms, though on the su [...]

    9. This 1890 novel is the best longer work James produced since his 1881 masterpiece _The Portrait of a Lady_. The basic conflict (politics vs. Art) is played out through the representation of two different (but linked) romantic relationships between rising artistic talents and people who are engaged in political or diplomatic work. The combining of what was basically two different plots really allows James to thoroughly explore his territory, and the psychological insights and motivations of his c [...]

    10. Superlative writing, with excellent dramatic scenes. I suspect Powys includes because of the intense discussions of art.

    11. This book is enchanting. That may seem a strange word to describe a Henry James novel, but The Tragic Muse is unlike any Henry James novel I have read. For one thing, although most of James's novels have strong, complex female characters, in this one James has created a true feminist heroine in Miriam Rooth. Her scathing response to a marriage proposal by a man who wants her to give up her brilliant career in the theater to become a conventional upper class appendage to his ambitions is glorious [...]

    12. Despite being one of my favorite writers, it is, nevertheless, with a heavy heart I say Henry James simply did not shine in my latest read:「The Tragic Muse.」The plot, arguably, wasn't particularly engaging enough to have warranted so many pages. Sure, the fundamental portrayal of the conflict between art and the world was there, however the lack of story development itself leaves the reader with the impression that James, most grievously, neglected his plot in a preference to style.Don't mis [...]

    13. This book felt much fuller and more complex than it reads. It felt autobiographical.Why autobiographical? Well, I really don't know much about Mr. James, but I do know that he was homosexual in much less enlightened times, and I would assume he felt some guilt, maybe even shame, ductespecially considering he constantly referred to himself as celibate. I believe when he wrote 'The Tragic Muse' he was struggling for audience. This novel seems to address, head-on, the conflict of living one's life [...]

    14. This was a fairly enjoyable read- lots of wordy descriptions and entangled verbal sparring between characters. Interestingly, instead of Miss Miriam Rooth becoming the 'tragic muse' in this story, aspiring fledgling actress that she is, I found that the majority of male characters were the most tragically portrayed, all dazed and confused most of the time, and feeling misunderstood by women. And yet I doubt they even understood their own minds. I wanted to give them all a good shake round the sh [...]

    15. Very, very Jamesian. As Jamesian as What Maisie Knew, and in my view rather better. It's actually quite funny at times, as well, which I don't usually find even with those of his books that are reputedly comedies. But the big question for me is, which came first, this or Dorian Gray? Nick Dormer paints a picture of a friend who then vanishes - and to his mind, the painting begins 'to fade gradually from the canvase hand of time was rubbing it away.king the surface indistinct' the books were publ [...]

    16. A book for our times! Reminded me of Lindsay Lohan a lot. The obsession with people being famous just for being famous felt really contemporary, while at times it felt more overtly Victorian than most HJ.

    17. Hard to get into for non-James fans but gets really good about halfway into the book. The ending is really simplified and kind of lame--I felt like James was just trying to hurry up and end the novel. But excellent and eloquent use of the English language throughout.

    18. I love love love Henry James (he's one of two Henry's my dog's named after!), but this one was a complete snooze. And waaaay too long.

    19. My introduction to James. A bit tedious near the end, but all-in-all well worth the first and second reads.

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