The Illustration of the Master: Henry James and the Magazine Revolution

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CHAPTER 5 James, Pennell, and the
Art of the Travelogue

When Americans went abroad in 1820, there was something romantic, almost
heroic in it, as compared with the perpetual ferryings of the present hour, when
photography and other conveniences have annihilated surprise.

The Aspern Papers, 18881

The fact that so little is now left of this terra incognita shows with what swift
rapacity during the intervening period the veils have been torn away in hundreds
of books, outnumbering, indeed, all that had ever before appeared in this depart-
ment of literature…. And it is because of this regard for truth that the novelist
performs for us the best offices of the traveler, over whom he has the advantage
that his disclosures are not confined to the outward world, but are also intimate
and subjective.

Howells, “Editor’s Study,” January 1902

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