March 29, 2005

Congrats, Mom, You've Been Linked!


Last week I noted a post by the ALN Girl in Chicago regarding the underappreciated humor of Henry James. Not being a savant myself (I admit that I am intimidated by the amount of sheer hard work that goes into reading James), I invited Mom to drop off some comments, she being the bona fide HJ scholar in the family. Mom immediately took the bait.

Well ALN's OGIC has a follow-up post today citing Mom's supporting comments, together with those of several other writers. That's pretty neat. I'm sure, Mom, you'll want to nip over and check out the thoughts of your fellow James the Humorist enthusiasts.

Also, in updating the original post, I added an illustration of a Penguin Classics edition of James' novel What Maisie Knew, featuring a detail from one of my favorite paintings by John Singer Sargent. I remarked that it was serendipitous that Penguin had chosen this particular painting. However, Mom later informed me that there was more to it than that, in that James was an early champion of Sargent's work. (Mom tried to write a follow up comment about this, but her computer crashed. Hopefully, she'll do so again.)

Next thing you know, Mom's going to set up her own blog. I have the perfect suggestion for a title: Prism! Where Is That Baby? [I know this is Wilde, not James. It's a long-standing family joke, however.]

Yip! Yip!

UPDATE: Wodehouse fans are especially encouraged to check out what Lance Mannion has to say about the gunneggshun (as Fitzgerald might say) between James and some of Plum's more Bohemian creations.

Posted by Robert at March 29, 2005 02:23 PM


Geaux Mom!

That's really cool.

Posted by: Christina at March 29, 2005 02:43 PM

Very cool, and yes blog please! (If not, then perhaps a special RSS feed for Comments of the Mom?) Cheers.

Posted by: Chan S. at March 29, 2005 03:26 PM

Yes indeed, Mom enters the 20th century.

There's another quite funny James parody by, of all people, James Thurber, "With, as he said, "quite the deepest of bows to The Master." Alas I am not sure of the title, but I THINK it's "The Beast in the Dingle."

It doesn't merely send up the famously convoluted style but also contains elements of some vintage James works, like "The Turn of the Screw" and The
Ambassadors. (I would underline that if I could figure out how.)

Posted by: Mom at March 29, 2005 03:31 PM

A few simple HTML commands can be found here.

Hope that helps.

Posted by: Kathy at March 29, 2005 06:05 PM
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