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This largely accounts for the apparent convolutedness of his prose style and perhaps explains why someone who so admired elegance of expression was often reluctant to release material for publication.
For even among James's late works, it is distinguished by its extraordinary complexity and convolutedness of style, which many people consider, as Leavis does, to indicate a |hypertrophy of sensibility', a disproportion between what James is doing and how he is doing it.
The addiction in these quarters to a jargon of mind-numbing opacity is characteristic, as is the fondness for sentences which form paragraphs, sentences whose serpentine convolutedness takes them nowhere and whose meaning -- as one struggles to ask just what on earth it is they are committed to saying -- it is next to impossible to unpick.