William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism (Paperback)

In the Maelstrom of American Modernism

By Robert D. Richardson

Mariner Books, 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.

Praise For William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism

“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