Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To keep track of most cited articles…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

You can always keep track of the Most Cited Journal Articles on PEP Web by checking the PEP Section found on the homepage.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Edel, L. (1951). Hugh Walpole and Henry James: The Fantasy of the ‘Killer and the Slain’. Am. Imago, 8(4):351-369.

(1951). American Imago, 8(4):351-369

Hugh Walpole and Henry James: The Fantasy of the ‘Killer and the Slain’

Leon Edel

The Problem

THE starting point for this inquiry is a dedication. The last novel written by Hugh Walpole (1884-1941) was entitled by him The Killer and the Slain and when it was published in England a year after his death it bore the inscription: “This macabre is dedicated in loving memory and humble admiration to the great author of The Turning of the Screw.” The American edition published at the same time contained an edited version of these words: “Dedicated in Loving Memory and Humble Admiration to the Author of The Turn of the Screw.” The English dedication follows that which Walpole himself attached to the original manuscript.

On the face of it there would appear to be no problem. Hugh Walpole, having written what he called a “macabre,” was paying tribute to the author of another, a celebrated macabre or ghostly tale, and thereby honoring the memory of Henry James, the American novelist, whose friendship he had enjoyed during his apprentice years in London. Dedications, however, do reveal certain things. They originate in a relationship between two or more persons; they reflect certain wishes, states of mind, intentions on the part of the dedicator. The choice of Henry James, in this instance, has some significance; the form of the dedication, particularly in its original, unrevised state, is both curious and suggestive. One is struck immediately by the fact that James is not mentioned by name.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.