Henry James


Author, and playwright born to Mary Walsh and Henry James Sr. in New York City on April 15th 1843, James spent his first 20 years alternating between America and Europe and in 1869 he settled in London, this might explain the distinct English accent you may notice about the square!
He then remained in London becoming a British Subject in 1915, but not before he made quite a name for himself in Cambridge literary circles.
Unable to serve during the Civil war after suffering a back injury he enrolled in Harvard Law School in 1862, it didn’t take long for James to realize his passion did not lie in the Law. In 1864 he dropped out of Harvard Law to pursue his literary career associating with authors and critics in Boston and Cambridge including William Dean Howells, Charles Eliot Norton and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Harvard awarded James an honorary degree in 1911.
His first work was more as a “man of letters” becoming a respected theatrical and literary reviewer, but he would go on to write a large body of novels and plays, including “The Portrait of a Lady”, “The American” and “The Turn of Screw”. It is said that Henry had a terrible sense of direction, ironic as travel was a great passion in his life that featured in many of his works.