William James

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William James

In the Maelstrom of American Modernism

By Robert D. Richardson

Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780618919895, 656pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2007


Pivotal member of the Metaphysical Club, author of The Varieties of Religious Experience, older brother of extraordinary siblings Henry and Alice, the remarkable William James put an indelible stamp on psychology, philosophy, teaching, and religion -- on modernism itself. In this thought-provoking and moving biography, James emerges as an immensely complex and fascinating man. Through passionate scholarship, Robert D. Richardson illuminates James’s life and hugely influential works: the Varieties, Principles of Psychology, Talks to Teachers, and Pragmatism. At last, in this definitive work William James is given his due as a man whose influence resonates in innumerable areas of modern life.

About the Author

ROBERT D. RICHARDSON is the author of Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind and Emerson: The Mind on Fire. He is the recipient of the Francis Parkman Prize, the Melcher Book Award, and the Bancroft Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, among many other honors.

Praise For William James

“A magnificent biography, written with ease and panache . . . and suffused with a well-judged admiration for its subject.”—Michael Dirda The Washington Post

“With this book, Richardson establishes himself as the Dean of American biographers.”—Megan Marshall