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 enormous quantities of her letters and papers considered destroyed within the Nineteen Sixties. Encompassing ecu trip, Civil conflict profiteering, suicide, a stormy courtship, s?ances, psychedelic mushrooms, the dying of a kid, and an everlasting love tale, Alice in Jamesland is a portrait of a nineteenth-century upper-middle-class marriage, informed usually via Alice’s personal letters and made all of the extra dynamic as a result of her function within the James relations. Susan E. Gunter positions Alice as a lens wherein to view the relations, as a perceptive observer aware about wisdom of relationships to which these open air the James relatives weren't. She additionally portrays Alice because the cohesive issue that held the Jameses jointly, bridging the space among brothers William and Henry and appearing because the strong heart for a hugely proficient yet eccentric kinfolk. An idealistic, severe younger girl, Alice used to be 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 crucial highbrow dynasties and provides new insights into the lives of nineteenth-century ladies. (20090611)
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They invited their new friend to join the Radical Club. Alice’s interest in social reform, an outgrowth of her childhood commitment to abolitionism, coupled with her intelligence and personal warmth, made her a logical choice for membership. 30 Boston loved such clubs. &. Initial sessions focused on theological and religious questions, but ultimately scientific and educational issues claimed the group’s attention. Members listened to papers and then argued their merits. The Radical Club was considered the most intellectual of Boston’s discussion groups and was occasionally parodied in the press.
Guided once again by vague rumors, they left Giessen in the evening to avoid paying for another night in their hotel suite and headed south for Heidelberg. They stayed there for an undetermined time, first at a dreary suburban pension owned by a Professor Hoffmann and later with a Fräulein Theis, who regularly opened their mail. While in Heidelberg they walked on the two bridges across the Neckar River, Eliza Gibbens admiring the sunset while young German students admired her daughters. During their walks the women were often soaked by a downpour, and they became more and more depressed.
55 Meeting a rioting student might pose a danger for Alice. Despite her growing interest in boys, she continued her studies. The high school’s demanding four-year curriculum included arithmetic, algebra, bookkeeping, geometry, rhetoric, astronomy, French, Latin, English grammar, chemistry, declamation, and composition. ,* approximately forty students attended North Weymouth High School. Some of the young men had already graduated into the school of life; they were away fighting with the Union army.
Alice in Jamesland: The Story of Alice Howe Gibbens James by Susan E. Gunter