Forgot your password?  
Study Guide

United States: Essays 1952-1992 Chapter Summary & Analysis - "The Golden Bowl of Henry James" (1984) Summary

This Study Guide consists of approximately 162 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of United States.
This section contains 491 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our United States: Essays 1952-1992 Study Guide

"The Golden Bowl of Henry James" (1984) Summary and Analysis

Henry James contracted an obsession with gold when, as a young man, he visited the Galerie d'Appolon in the palace of the Louvre. Throughout his life, James confessed that he could, in Vidal's words, "take quite a lot of gold." James' crowning achievement as a novelist, The Golden Bowl, described by Vidal as "a work whose spirit is not imperial so much as it is ambitiously divine," is a touchstone to all his work and the subject of this essay.

As a metaphor for his life and work, gold serves well because of James' obsession with perfection, Vidal says. Once the American expatriate had spent a few years in Europe, he felt less confident drawing upon his knowledge of "familiar types engaged in mating rituals against...

(read more from the "The Golden Bowl of Henry James" (1984) Summary)

This section contains 491 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our United States: Essays 1952-1992 Study Guide
Copyrights
United States: Essays 1952-1992 from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook