William James was one of the most remarkable intellectuals of his day—an influential philosopher and psychologist who was also a charismatic teacher, groundbreaking scholar, and widely admired public figure. William James Remembered brings together the reminiscences of James by family members, friends, and colleagues. The result is a many-sided portrait of a man who, besides playing a crucial role in American life during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, remains an animating spirit in our own time.
Linda Simon is an associate professor of English and Director of Expository Writing at Skidmore College. She is the author of The Biography of Alice B. Toklas (Nebraska 1991) and the editor of Gertrude Stein Remembered (Nebraska 1994).
"This is a fascinating gathering of essays on one of the great and influential figures in the history of American thought."—Virginia Quarterly Review
"Simon has assembled an absorbing collection of impressions, reminiscences, and vignettes about the philosopher William James by his friends, family, students, and acquaintances. Among the writers collected are Henry James, George Santayana, Josephine Clara Goldmark, Walter Lippmann, and Gilbert Keith Chesterton."—American Review
"William James Remembered ranges widely, from James’s teaching methods to his platonic and barely sublimated love affair with a young girl he met on a hiking trip. . . . James himself intrigued those who met him, and their statements replicate that intrigue in the reader."—Poetry Room