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Retrato de una dama

by Henry James

Retrato de una dama es probablemente la primera obra de madurez de Henry James, la novela donde se condensan y destilan todos los asuntos que siempre le importaron al autor: la psicología femenina, las diferencias entre América y Estados Unidos, la riqueza, el arte, la sociedad y la educación.De jovencita, Isabel Archer recibe una herencia muy sustanciosa y decide abandonar América para emprender un viaje por Europa. Su familia quiere que se case pronto, pero ella quiere defender su independencia, hasta que se enamora del hombre equivocado y sufre las tensiones entre el matrimonio y el deseo de libertad.

The Reverberator

by Henry James

It's unclear why even many Henry James fans aren't familiar with this wicked early work, as it's James at his scathing best --- piercing, elegant, and ahead of his time. The story of an American hack journalist in Europe, The Reverberator is an early example of James' fascination with Americans confronting Europe's version of civilized society. Yet here he gives the theme a sly twist, as the Europeans find themselves enamored with a particularly uncivil brand of Americanism ...George Flack, a rising star in the scandal-mongering new American journalism of the 1880s, finds himself posted to Paris as a foreign correspondent for The Reverberator. And, like half of Paris, he finds himself in love with the beautiful but naïve --- and engaged --- American girl Francie Dosson. But when Francie innocently reveals something about her fiancé's snobby family to Flack, Francie, her fiancé, and all of Paris suddenly find themselves in a public scandal of a type not seen before in the world's most sophisticated city.Informed, no doubt, by James own, miserable experience as a Paris-based correspondent for the New York Tribune, The Reverberator features his normal lucid and penetrating prose, although less complicated than his later prose --- and with a bit of extra zing his fans may not expect. ebook ISBN: 978-1-61219-157-7

Roderick Hudson

by Henry James


A Small Boy and Others

by Henry James Peter Collister

Henry James was the final survivor of a remarkable family, and his memoir, written at the end of a long and tireless career, was prompted initially by the death of his "ideal Elder Brother," the psychologist and philosopher William James. A Small Boy and Others recounts the novelist's earliest years in Albany and, more importantly, New York City, where he was allowed to wander at will. He evokes the theatrical entertainments he enjoyed, the varied social scene in which the family mixed, and the piecemeal nature of his education. With the first of several extended trips, the "romance" of Europe begins as the small boy becomes acquainted with a British culture already familiar from his precocious reading of the great Victorian novelists. And it is in France, in the Louvre's Galerie d'Apollon, that he undergoes an initiation into the aesthetic power of great art and an intimation of all the "fun" it might bring him. Yet the child also registered, within this privileged and extended family group, signs of dysfunction and failure. James's autobiography has significantly determined the nature and even the terms of the extensive biographical and critical interest he continues to enjoy. This first fully annotated critical edition of A Small Boy and Others, which guides the reader through the allusive complexities of James's prose, also offers fresh insights into the formative years of one of literature's most influential figures.

La tercera persona

by Henry James

Henry James empezó a escribir relatos para periódicos estadounidenses en 1875, y nunca dejó de compaginarlos con sus novelas, no por más conocidas, necesariamente mejores. En la narrativa de corto aliento encuentra el genio de James el espacio preciso para mostrarnos las caras más sutiles de los conflictos humanos con un retrato magistral de los personajes que es la "marca de la casa" del más británico de los escritores americanos.La tercera persona (1900) narra con melancólico humor la problemática intimidad de dos solteronas con un fantasma que despierta una equívoca primavera en el otoño de sus vidas.Este relato forma parte de la antología Relatos.

The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction

by Henry James

To read a story by Henry James is to enter a fully realized world unlike any other--a rich, perfectly crafted domain of vivid language and splendid, complex characters. Devious children, sparring lovers, capricious American girls, obtuse bachelors, sibylline spinsters, and charming Europeans populate these five fascinatingnouvelles,which represent the author in both his early and late phases. From the apparitions of evil that haunt the governess in "The Turn of the Screw" to the startling self-scrutiny of an egotistical man in "The Beast in the Jungle," the mysterious turnings of human behavior are coolly and masterfully observed--proving Henry James to be a master of psychological insight as well as one of the finest prose stylists of modern English literature.

The Turn of the Screw: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism

by Henry James Jonathan Warren Deborah Esch

This revised Norton Critical Edition of The Turn of the Screw is again based on the authoritative New York Edition text, with history and notes. "Contexts" includes twenty-six selections from James's letters, notebooks, and other writings centering on "my little book," the ghost story, and the supernatural. Four Charles Demuth paintings, inspired by James's text, are included. Since The Turn of the Screw has been a focal text in recent theoretical considerations of James and of the narrative generally, "Criticism" has been thoroughly updated to include seventeen new assessments, along with twelve earlier seminal essays. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included. ABOUT THE SERIES: Each Norton Critical Edition includes an authoritative text, contextual and source materials, and a wide range of interpretations -from contemporary perspectives to the most current critical theory-as well as a bibliography and, in many cases, a chronology of the author's life and work. Taken from the bookjacket

The Turn of the Screw & In the Cage

by Henry James Hortense Calisher

This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition brings together one of literature's most famous ghost stories and one of Henry James's most unusual novellas. In The Turn of the Screw, a governess is haunted by ghosts from her young charges past; Virginia Woolf said of this masterpiece of psychological ambiguity and suggestion, We are afraid of something unnamed, of something, perhaps, in ourselves...Henry James...can still make us afraid of the dark.In his rarely anthologized novella In the Cage, James brings his incomparable powers of observation to the story of a clever, rebellious heroine of Britain's lower middle class. Hortense Calisher, in her Introduction, calls it a delicious story, the more so because it confounds what we expect from James.

Washington Square

by Henry James

Washington Square is a short novel by Henry James. Originally published in 1880 as a serial in Cornhill Magazine and Harper's New Monthly Magazine, it is a structurally simple tragicomedy that recounts the conflict between a dull but sweet daughter and her brilliant, domineering father. The plot of the novel is based upon a true story told to James by his close friend, British actress Fanny Kemble. The book is often compared to Jane Austen's work for the clarity and grace of its prose and its intense focus on family relationships. Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Wings of the Dove

by Henry James

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) Of the three late masterpieces that crown the extraordinary literary achievement of Henry James,The Wings of the Dove(1902) is at once the most personal and the most elemental. James drew on the memory of a beloved cousin who died young to create one of the three central characters, Milly Theale, an heiress with a short time to live and a passion for experiencing life to its fullest. To the creation of the other two, Merton Densher and the magnificent, predatory Kate Cro...

The Wings of the Dove

by Henry James John Bayley Patricia Crick

Confronting a Bronzino portrait in an English country house, a young American heiress comes face to face with her own predicament. Milly Theale, who seems to have the world before her and at her feet, is fatally ill. Eager for life, eager for love, she embarks on her European adventure, warming to the admiration of her new friends, Kate Croy and Merton Densher. But Merton and Kate are secretly engaged, and come to see this angel with a thumping bank account as a solution to their own problems.

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