Date of Award

1935

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

Abstract

One generation of concentrated money making followed by another generation of diligent application to intellectual concerns resulted in the flowering of a family of minds, the James family, among whom were two who gained international renown, William James, the philosopher, and Henry James (1843-1916), the novelist. Henry James, Sr., who was a Swedenborgian by faith, was devoted equally to a life of thought and to the education of his children. Because he spent his life trying to evolve a philosophy which would place man in a moral relation to his Creator, thereby eliminating the old beliefs of a relationship of fear and enmity, he lived separated from the world about him.

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