9. Winter at the Corner of Quincy and Harvard

The Brothers James

  1. Elisa New

Published Online: 28 MAR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118854587.ch9

New England Beyond Criticism

New England Beyond Criticism

How to Cite

New, E. (ed) (2014) Winter at the Corner of Quincy and Harvard, in New England Beyond Criticism, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118854587.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2014
  2. Published Print: 9 MAY 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118854532

Online ISBN: 9781118854587



  • Harvard;
  • Henry James;
  • J.R. Lowell;
  • Quincy Street;
  • William James


The Jameses lived at 12 Quincy Street in Cambridge. William and Henry James did not grow up in this house, but from the late 1860s through to the 1870s, it was here, just across the way from President Eliot's. It was from 20 Quincy that the young Henry James completed and sent off to his father's friend, J.R. Lowell, editor of the Atlantic Monthly, what would be his very first literary publication. It is as a teacher, and as a teacher of teachers, that William James bestowed the greatest lessons. James defended and befriended psychics and séance holders, aesthetes and anarchists, depressives and lightweights, arguing against systems but also working the system as necessary when more practical expedients were called for. James saw the teacher not as dignitary but as exemplar of strenuous experience, a kind of intellectual animal living in the eventful element of thought.