"This brilliant, faultless, impeccably constructed work will maintain its status as an outstanding research tool invaluable both to undergraduate students and to scholars of James. It is unquestionably worthy of `The Master,' its subject." Choice
Though Gale concedes that in this book he has ``drawn heavily'' on his 1965 Plots and Characters in the Fiction of Henry James , there is certainly enough that is new to justify its publication. Without critical evaluation, Gale describes every one of James's works, characters, friends, and relatives. He also appends 12 listings of Jamesiana as well as an eight-page bibliography. Gale has long been a respected James scholar, and this massive volume, despite its price, belongs in every library where scholarly study of the novel in English is important. It is quite accessible, however, and would also be an appropiate choice for any library in which users are likely to need ready reference information on James.-- Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mich.