By Emily Finkelstein
ROME, March 25 — Henry James’ novels, characters and inner turmoil were on display in John Cabot University's Aula Magna auditorium last week in a lecture entitled “Roman Fever” hosted by literary expert Dr. Kate Brooks.
Brooks, a New York University professor of 19th and 20th century literature, spoke Tuesday to a crowd of John Cabot University students, faculty and visitors. With distinct inflections, she spoke of James’ endless love/hate relationship with the Eternal City and its effect on his works.
“I aim to convince you that Henry James is the most important novelist,” said Brooks. Listeners seemed to be either sharing Brooks’ passion or desperately attempting to keep up with it.