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Henry James

Full Name: Henry James
Gender: Male
Hometown: New York, New York
Born: 1843-04-15
Died: 1916-02-28
Number of Works: 740
Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr., brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American-born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction. He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death. He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the encounter of America with Europe. His plots centered on personal relationships, the proper exercise of power in such relationships, and other moral questions. His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allowed him to explore the phenomena of consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting.
James insisted that writers in Great Britain and America should be allowed the greatest freedom possible in presenting their view of the world, as French authors were. His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to realistic fiction, and foreshadowed the modernist work of the twentieth century. An extraordinarily productive writer, in addition to his voluminous works of fiction he published articles and books of travel writing, biography, autobiography, and criticism,and wrote plays, some of which were performed during his lifetime with moderate success. His theatrical work is thought to have profoundly influenced his later novels and tales.

ISBN: 0140620613, 9780140620610
Keywords: screw
Pages: 128
Published: 1898
  • Rating: 60%

The narrator is a young governess, sent off to a country house to take charge of two orphaned children. She finds a pleasant house and a comfortable housekeeper, while the children are beautiful and charming. But she soon begins to feel the presence of intense evil.
ISBN: 0141439637, 9780141439631
Keywords: lady, portrait
Pages: 656
Published: 1881
  • Rating: 80%

ISBN: 1592243002, 9781592243006
Keywords: miller, daisy
Pages: 164
Published: 1878
  • Rating: 60%

Henry James' 1878 publication that brought him international fame, "Daisy Miller" is subtitled "A Study in Two Parts." The plot centers around a Europeanized American man named Winterbourne, who meets a nouveau riche American woman going by the name Daisy Miller. A short novel,
ISBN: 0451528719, 9780451528711
Keywords: square, washington
Pages: 240
Published: 1880
  • Rating: 80%

The plot of Washington Square has the simplicity of old-fashioned melodrama: a plain-looking, good-hearted young woman, the only child of a rich widower, is pursued by a charming but unscrupulous man who seeks the wealth she will presumably inherit. On this premise, Henry James constructed one
ISBN: 0812967194, 9780812967197
Keywords: dove, wings
Pages: 741
Published: 1901
  • Rating: 80%

Set amid the splendor of London drawing rooms and gilded Venetian palazzos, The Wings of the Dove is the story of Milly Theale, a naïve, doomed American heiress, and a pair of lovers, Kate Croy and Merton Densher, who conspire to obtain her fortune. In this witty tragedy of treachery, sel
ISBN: 0140432337, 9780140432336
Keywords: ambassadors
Pages: 528
Published: 1903
  • Rating: 80%

Graham Greene and E.M. Forster marvelled at it, but F.R. Leavis considered it to be 'not only not one of his great books, but to be a bad one.' As for the author, he held The Ambassadors as the favorite among all his novels. Sent from Massachusetts by the formidable Mrs. Newsome to recall her s
ISBN: 0451529669, 9780451529664
Keywords: american
Pages: 384
Published: 1877
  • Rating: 80%

In this classic collision of the New World with Old Europe, James weaves a fable of thwarted desire that shifts between comedy, tragedy, romance, and melodrama.
ISBN: 0140432353, 9780140432350
Keywords: bowl, golden
Pages: 591
Published: 1904
  • Rating: 80%

ISBN: 0812969960, 9780812969962
Keywords: bostonians
Pages: 496
Published: 1886
  • Rating: 60%

This brilliant satire of the women