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James, Henrylocked

(03 June 1811–18 December 1882)
  • Alfred Habegger

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James, Henry (03 June 1811–18 December 1882), author, was born in Albany, New York, the son of William James, a prosperous merchant and investor, and Catharine Barber. The critical event of James’s childhood was a serious burn and the subsequent loss of his right leg above the knee. He was apparently confined to his bed for years and suffered at least two amputations, performed without anesthetic; the final operation took place when he was sixteen. James had little to say about this traumatic experience, which seems to have fostered a certain morbid guilt and extremism....

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