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By Lyndall Gordon

Henry James's cousin, Minny Temple, used to be the "heroine" of his early life in New England; he observed her as a unfastened spirit, "a plant of natural American growth". the author Constance Fenimore Woolson was once a chum of his heart years in Europe, a solitary, mature girl who pursued her pursuits with an depth that matched his personal. either had a rare effect on James, even (perhaps in particular) within the wakes in their untimely deaths.

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