Sorrow Passes and We Remain

Henry James’s superb letter of consolation…and more.

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About Thomas J. Hubschman

Thomas J. Hubschman is the author of Look at Me Now, My Bess, Song of the Mockingbird, Billy Boy, Father Walther’s Temptation, The Jew’s Wife & Other Stories and three science fiction novels. His work has appeared in New York Press, The Antigonish Review, Eclectica, The Blue Moon Review and many other publications. Two of his short stories were broadcast on the BBC World Service.

Posted on March 23, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Thank you for this. It says so much what of what I have been trying and failing to say lately.

  2. Crispin Oduobuk

    Henry James never fails to amaze. What a touching, lifting letter. Thanks for sharing.

  3. A beautiful letter. I thought I was familiar with Henry James’ thinking, but I was completely unaware that he reached a conclusion that I have come to understand only recently: life is intrinsically worth living. Not because it’s easy. Or “successful.” Life does not need to be validated by our accomplishments or our happiness. It needs only to be honored. To be valued because it is.

    Is there any historical record of Grace Norton’s response?

    Thank you so much for this, Tom.

  4. I join others in thanking you, Tom, for this wonderful letter. For those who may be interested, this link here: http://archive.org/stream/lettersofhenryja01jamerich/lettersofhenryja01jamerich_djvu.txt
    offers the full text of the “The letters of Henry James” published in 1920; the volume contains other letters he had written to Miss Grace Norton over the years…

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