This magisterial biography, based extensively on new material, draws a definitive, full-scale portrait of Morgan's tumultuous life both in and out of the public eye. Award-winning biographer Jean Strouse vividly portrays the financial colossus, the avid patron of the arts, and the entirely human character behind all the myths. Brilliantly crafted, epic in scope, Morgan reveals a man we have never seen before, offering new insights on the culture, political struggles, and social conflicts of America's Gilded Age.
Virginia Woolf wondered, in A Room of One's Own, what would have happened if Shakespeare had had a wonderfully gifted sister. Henry and William James did have a sister, through whom we can see an extraordinary family of American intellectuals, a story of 'nervous' troubles, medical history, women's roles, and a unique, witty individual finding a voice of her own.
Articles and Essays
The New York Times, March 22, 2009
The New Yorker, May 8, 2006
The New York Times Magazine, April 16, 2000
The New Yorker, March 29, 1999
The New Yorker, Nov. 23, 1998