IN THE REVIEW

It’s Your Fault, Henry James

The Imperial Self: An Essay in American Literary and Cultural History

by Quentin Anderson
Ever since D. H. Lawrence published his Studies in Classic American Literature in 1922, books on nineteenth-century American literature have been an ambitious form. Two generations of critics have read the classic American texts—Emerson’s essays, Poe’s stories, The Scarlet Letter, Walden, Leaves of Grass, Moby Dick—as if they were a …