Alice James


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Alice James (August 7, 1848 – March 6, 1892) was a U.S. diarist. The only daughter of Henry James, Sr. and sister of psychologist and philosopher William James and novelist Henry James, she is known mainly for the posthumously published diary that she kept in her final years.

Born into a wealthy and intellectually active family, Alice James soon developed the psychological and physical ... more »

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  • ''The difficulty about all this dying, is that you can't tell a fellow anything about it, so where does the fun come in?''
    Alice James (1848-1892), U.S. diarist, sister of Henry and William James. letter, Dec. 11, 1891, to her brother, psychologist William James. The Diary...
  • ''How sick one gets of being "good," how much I should respect myself if I could burst out and make everyone wretched for twenty-four hours; embody selfishness.''
    Alice James (1848-1892), U.S. diarist. letter, Dec. 11, 1889, to her brother, psychologist William James. The Diary of Alice James, ed. Leon Edel (196...
  • ''It is an immense loss to have all robust and sustaining expletives refined away from one! At ... moments of trial refinement is a feeble reed to lean upon.''
    Alice James (1848-1892), U.S. diarist, sister of Henry and William James. letter, Dec. 12, 1889, to her brother, psychologist William James. The Diary...
  • ''I suppose one has a greater sense of intellectual degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience.''
    Alice James (1848-1892), U.S. diarist, sister of Henry and William James. The Diary of Alice James, ed. Leon Edel (1964). letter, Sept. 27, 1890, ...
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