William James, His Marginalia, Personality and Contribution

William James, His Marginalia, Personality and Contribution

William James, His Marginalia, Personality and Contribution

William James, His Marginalia, Personality and Contribution

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The wish to write about William James's library has been in my mind since 1923, when I was called in to examine the books and to appraise them individually. The occasion naturally offered itself this year--the centenary of its owner.

Apart from the odd bits of information that could be supplied on the library, there was the more important question of the marginalia, which I hoped to cover in large part. After transferring a number of these notes, it occurred to me that the task, more of a routine nature, should be intrusted to a graduate student on a fellowship or grant.

The knowledge, however, which accumulated around the person of James, as a result of the initial research and familiarity with the library, began to organize and take shape in the form of an appendix or supplement to Professor R. B. Perry's . . .

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