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"Live all you can; it's a mistake not to," declares the primary "ambassador" of this 1903 novel, adding, "It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that, what have you had?"In this complex tale of self-discovery, Henry James invokes his favorite theme: the clash of American innocence with European experience. It traces the path of an aging idealist, Lambert Strether, who arrives in Paris intending to persuade his young charge to abandon an obsession with a French woman and return home. Once abroad, however, Strether arrives at unexpected conclusions. Henry James regarded The Ambassadors as his finest work. Astute, humorous, and intelligent, this masterpiece from the pinnacle of the author's long and brilliant career remains ever vital.
Introduction by Colm TóibínOne of the final masterpieces from one of the world's greatest authors, Henry James's The Ambassadors is now available for the first time in a Modern Library edition, with a new Introduction by acclaimed novelist Colm Tóibín. A keenly observed tale of a man's awakening to life, this dark comic novel follows Lewis Lambert Strether, a middle-aged widower, on a mission to Europe to convince his fiancée's wayward son to forsake the pleasures of Paris and return to America. Rich with fin de siècle detail, The Ambassadors brims with finely drawn character portraits, including one of the Master's most unforgettable heroines--the beguiling Madame de Vionnet. This was the novel that Henry James himself considered his finest, and no one is better equipped to put it into literary and historical context than Colm Tóibín, whose award-winning novel The Master depicted the inner life of James in the final years of the nineteenth century.From the Trade Paperback edition.
A wealthy American man of business descends on Europe in search of a wife to make his fortune complete. His bid for Claire de Cintr--eacute--; hand receives an icy welcome from the heads of her aristocratic family. Can they stomach his manners for the sake of his dollars? Out of this classic collision between the old world and the new, James weaves a fable of thwarted desire that shifts between comedy, tragedy, romance and melodrama a fable which in the later version printed here takes on some of the subtleties associated with this greatest novels. -;You you a nun; you with your beauty defaced and your nature wasted you behind locks and bars! Never, never, if I can prevent it!' A wealthy American man of business descends on Europe in search of a wife to make his fortune complete. In Paris Christopher Newman is introduced to Claire de Cintr--eacute--;, daughter of the ancient House of Bellegarde, and to Valentin, her charming young brother. His bid for Claire's hand receives an icy welcome from the heads of the family, an elder brother and their formidable mother, the old Marquise. Can they stomach his manners for the sake of his dollars? Out of this classic collision between the old world and the new, James weaves a fable of thwarted desire that shifts between comedy, tragedy, romance and melodrama a fable which in the later version printed here takes on some of the subtleties associated with this greatest novels. -
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.
In this classic 1888 novella, an anonymous narrator relates his obsessive quest to acquire some letters and other private documents that once belonged to the deceased Romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern. Attempting to gain access to the papers, the property of Aspern's former mistress, he rents a room in a decaying Venetian villa where the woman lives with her aging niece. Led by his zeal into increasingly unscrupulous behavior, the narrator is faced in the end with relinquishing his heart's desire or attaining it an an overwhelming price. Inspired by an actual incident involving Claire Clairmont, once the mistress of Lord Byron, this masterfully written tale incorporates all those elements expected from James: psychological subtlety, deft plotting, the clash of cultures, and profoundly nuanced representation of scene, mood, and character. This volume also contains James's celebrated Preface from the New York edition of his collected works.
Henry James had arrived at such mastery of the forms and uses of fiction by the time he published The Awkward Age in 1899 that this story of a young girl introduced into a casually corrupt circle of sophisticates is at once a universal drama of innocence confronting evil, a detailed examination of a social order, and a stunning picture of a civilization in crisis. On the verge of what was to be his greatest period of creativity, James produced, in The Awkward Age, one of the finest, most rounded, and, in some ways, most intimate and revealing of his long string of masterpieces.Introduction by Cynthia Ozick(Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed)
Los mejores libros jamás escritos Una novela de indudable valor literario y de inmenso valor histórico que supone uno de los primeros retratos del feminismo político y del amor entre dos mujeres. Aparecida en 1886, Las bostonianas es uno de los títulos capitales de la obra de Henry James, que, con extraordinaria precisión y sutileza de matices, dibuja el juego de relaciones entre dos singulares psicologías femeninas en el marco de los movimientos sufragistas del Boston del último cuarto del siglo XIX. La presente edición incluye una detallada cronología, así como una introducción a cargo del profesor Richard Lansdown, en la que analiza la que fuera no solo una de las novelas de contenido político de mayor éxito de este autor, sino también una de las más divertidas. Por último, se añaden dos textos de Alexis de Tocqueville y del propio James, que ofrecen su particular visión del contexto social de la época. «Quiero entrar en la vida de mujeres que están solas, que llevan existencias lastimosas. Quiero estar cerca de ellas... ayudarlas. Quiero hacer algo...»
Henry James's tragicomic masterpiece pits a headstrong Mississippi lawyer against his feminist cousin in a no-holds-barred fight for the heart of an impressionable young suffragette When Basil Ransom, a headstrong Mississippi lawyer, comes to Boston to call on his wealthy activist cousin, Olive, an epic battle of wills ensues. Basil is a conservative of the most ardent type while Cousin Olive is steadfast in her radicalism. Perhaps for a laugh, perhaps for a story to tell his lawyer friends back in Mississippi, Basil accompanies Olive to a women's emancipation rally, whereupon he falls irrevocably in love with a young suffragette, Miss Verena Tarrant, and sets about trying to rewrite her beliefs. The problem is that Olive has been grooming Miss Tarrant as her protégé. Will Basil reform the lovely young activist orator, or will Olive win the young woman's heart and mind? Often proclaimed James's funniest novel and regarded as his most successful political work, The Bostonians deals with love and friendship in the awkward landscape of shifting social roles, feminism in post-Civil War America, and a woman's place in this brave new world. Funny, astute, and merciless, The Bostonians is one of James's most successful portrayals of a world teetering between old values and the relentless march of social progress. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
From Boston's social underworld emerges Verena Tarrant, a girl with extraordinary oratorical gifts, which she deploys in tawdry meeting-houses on behalf of 'the sisterhood of women. ' She acquires two admirers of a very different stamp: Olive Chancellor, devotee of radical causes, and marked out for tragedy; and Basil Ransom, veteran of the Civil War, with rigid views concerning society and women's place therein. Is the lovely, lighthearted Verena made for public movements or private passions? A struggle to possess her, body and soul, develops between Olive and Basil. The exploitation of Verena's unregenerate innocence reflects a society whose moral and cultural values are failing to survive the new dawn of liberalism and democracy. The Bostonians (1886) was not welcomed by James's fellow countrymen, who failed to appreciate its delicacy and wit; but a century later, this book is widely regarded as James's finest American fiction, and perhaps his comic masterpiece.
"As devastating in its wit as it is sharp in its social critique of sexual politics. No writer in America has dared the subject before. No one has done it so well since. "-- The New Republic Described by the esteemed literary scholar Terry Castle as the first "lesbian novel" written in English--that is, "the first nonpornographic work in Anglo-American literature to engage fully and self-consciously with the love-between-women theme"-- The Bostonians hinges on a rivalry between two distant cousins, a man and a woman, for the love of a beautiful, curiously passive girl named Verena Tarrant, an inspirational speaker whose parents are trying to launch her on the lecture and social circuit during the 1870s. As with all titles in the new Magnus Editions series, The Bostonians includes an overview of the author's work with special attention paid to its queer dimensions, as well as a reading group guide that similarly places emphasis on the sexual politics behind the writing. One of the most celebrated American novelists, Henry James is the author of The Portrait of a Lady and The Turn of the Screw , among other classics.
Henry James (1843 - 1916) was one of the leaders in the school of realism in fiction. He is known for his series of novels in which he portrayed the encounter of Americans with Europe. James is considered to be the master of the novel and novella. <P> <P> James wrote about personal relationships and the power within these relationships. He explored consciousness and perception from the point of view of a character within a tale. This 1878 comic story was originally published in The Parisian magazine in 1878, which is also when the story takes place. Several people in a Paris boarding house write letters home filled with anecdotes about their fellow boarders. The characters' undercutting of each other's lies and pretensions provide much of the humor. The boarders are not aware that the others are writing about them, only the reader is privy to this knowledge.
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Encompassing a period of almost fifty years, the stories of Henry James represent the most remarkable feat of sustained literary creation in modern times. For sheer richness, variety and intensity, they have no equal in fiction, enabling us to trace the evolution of a great writer in the finest detail. This collection reprints all the major stories together with many unfamiliar but equally intriguing pieces that illuminate their more celebrated companions. Volume 1 covers the period from 1866 to 1891, the years in which James was evolving and perfecting his art as a storyteller. It includes such well-known masterpieces as "Daisy Miller," 'The Aspern Papers," "The Siege of London," and "The Lesson of the Master," and many other tales in which James established his favorite characters and situations: the American girl in Europe, the solitary observer, the social climber, the literary lion.Contents of Volume 1A Landscape-PainterA Light ManA Passionate PilgrimThe Madonna of the FutureMadame de MauvesBenvolioDaisy Miller: A StudyAn International EpisodeThe Pension BeaurepasThe Point of ViewThe Siege of LondonLady BarberinaThe Author of "Beltraffio"Louisa PallantThe Aspern PapersThe LiarThe Lesson of the MasterThe PatagoniaThe PupilThe MarriagesThe ChaperonSir Edmund Orme
Encompassing a period of almost fifty years, the stories of Henry James represent the most remarkable feat of sustained literary creation in modern times. For sheer richness, variety and intensity, they have no equal in fiction, enabling us to trace the evolution of a great writer in the finest detail. This collection reprints all the major stories together with many unfamiliar but equally intriguing pieces that illuminate their more celebrated companions. Volume 2 takes us from "The Private Life" of 1892 to James's last story, "A Round of Visits," published in 1910. These are the magnificent works of James's maturity--"The Death of the Lion," "The Altar of the Dead," "The Figure in the Carpet," "The Turn of the Screw," "In the Cage," "The Beast in the Jungle," and many others--in which the deepening darkness of the author's life casts a tragic but heroic shadow on the themes of his youth.Contents of Volume 2The Private LifeThe Real ThingOwen WingraveThe Middle YearsThe Death of the LionThe Coxon FundThe Next TimeThe Altar of the DeadThe Figure in the CarpetThe Turn of the ScrewIn the CageThe Real Right ThingThe Great Good PlaceMiss Gunton of PoughkeepsieThe Abasement of the NorthmoresThe Special TypeThe Tone of TimeThe Two FacesThe Beldonald HolbeinThe Story in ItFlickerbridgeThe Beast in the JungleThe PapersFordham CastleJulia BrideThe Jolly CornerCrapy CorneliaThe Bench of DesolationA Round of Visits
Henry James examines one of his favorite topics--the artist's place in society--by profiling a "genius" who just can't seem to support himself. A dazzling intellectual and brilliant speaker, Mr. Saltram has become the most sought-after houseguest in England. But, as his intellectual labors slacken, it beomes harder and harder to get him to leave. A wry, edgy comedy about the fine line between making art...and freeloading. The Coxon Fund shows off a gift that is rarely appreciated about Henry James: he can be wickedly funny.
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