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The Ambassadors

by Colm Toibin Henry James

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.

Las bostonianas

by Henry James

Aparecida en 1886, Las bostonianas es uno de los títulos capitales de Henry James. En torno a un asunto característico de la época -los movimientos sufragistas en la sociedad de Boston del último cuarto del siglo XIX-, James dibuja con extraordinaria precisión y sutileza de matices el juego de relaciones entre dos singulares psicologías femeninas. Al indudable valor literario del texto se le añade su trascendencia histórica, pues se trata de uno de los primeros retratos del feminismo político y quizá del primer estudio minucioso de una relación amorosa entre dos mujeres. Nuestra edición tiene además el privilegio de presentar la espléndida traducción de otro clásico de las letras hispanoamericanas: Sergio Pitol.

The Bostonians

by Henry James

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.


by Henry James

The Coxon Fund

by Henry James

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.

Daisy Miller

by Henry James Elizabeth Hardwick

Originally published in The Cornhill Magazine in 1878 and in book form in 1879, Daisy Miller brought Henry James his first widespread commercial and critical success. The young Daisy Miller, an American on holiday with her mother on the shores of Switzerland's Lac Leman, is one of James's most vivid and tragic characters. Daisy's friendship with an American gentleman, Mr. Winterbourne, and her subsequent infatuation with a passionate but impoverished Italian bring to life the great Jamesian themes of Americans abroad, innocence versus experience, and the grip of fate. As Elizabeth Hardwick writes in her Introduction, Daisy Miller "lives on, a figure out of literature who has entered history as a name, a vision."From the Trade Paperback edition.

Los embajadores

by Henry James

«La soledad de James en la historia de la novela es la de Shakespeare en la historia de la poesía.»Graham GreeneLos embajadores, que nos complace presentar en traducción revisada y actualizada, es la muestra de mayor refinamiento del tema favorito de Henry James: el choque entre la inocencia americana y la experiencia europea. En esta ocasión, relata el viaje a París de Lambert Strether, un maduro hombre de mundo, con la misión de rescatar de las garras de una malvada «europea» a Chadwick, el hijo de la señora Newsome, una viuda rica con la que está comprometido. Sin embargo, este embajador caerá rendido a los pies de la cultura europea y a nuevas maneras de relacionarse. Una exquisita novela donde James reafirma su descripción del novelista como alguien al que no debe escapársele detalle.Henry James (1843-1916) empezó a escribir relatos y reseñas para periódicos estadounidenses en 1875, para después cultivar el arte de la novela con imperecedero éxito. El americano, Washington Square , Retrato de una dama, Las bostonianas, Los embajadores o La copa dorada son ejemplos de la maestría universal del más británico de los escritores americanos.Prólogo de Colm TóibínTraducción de Antonio-Prometeo Moya


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