The Find

‘Wm & H’ry’ by J.C. Hallman

Brothers William and Henry James lobbed admiration and criticism in the more than 800 letters they exchanged. They reported on illnesses and bodily functions, discussed art and the meaning of “vulgar,” and worked out on the page the ideas that made them significant figures, William in psychology and comparative religion, Henry in literature. J.C. Hallman weaves an intimate narrative of intellectual development in “Wm & H’ry: Literature, Love, and the Letters between William & Henry James” (University of Iowa), a slim volume that opens and closes with images of the brothers’ handwritten letters from 1907. JAN GARDNER