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The Death of the Lion By Henry James
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"The Death of the Lion" is a short story by Henry James. The narrator suggests writing an article on Neil Paraday; his new editor agrees. The former spends a week with Neil and writes the... More > article whilst there, alongside reading Paraday's latest book. His editor rejects the article however; he decides to write an article for another newspaper, but it goes unnoticed. Neil Paraday gets excited about writing another book, despite the fact that he doesn't seem successful still.< Less
The Wings of the Dove By Henry James
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"The Wings of the Dove" is a novel by Henry James. It tells the story of Milly Theale, an American heiress stricken with a serious disease, and her impact on the people around her. Kate... More > Croy and Merton Densher are two engaged Londoners who desperately want to marry but have very little money. Kate is constantly put upon by family troubles, and is now living with her domineering aunt, Maud Lowder. Into their world comes Milly Theale, an enormously rich young American woman who had previously met and fallen in love with Densher, though she didn't reveal her feelings.< Less
Washington Square By Henry James
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"Washington Square" is a novel by Henry James. It is a structurally simple tragicomedy that recounts the conflict between a dull but sweet daughter and her brilliant, domineering father.... More > 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. The four principal characters are Catherine, a sweet-natured woman who is a great disappointment to her father, being physically plain and, he believes, mentally dull, Dr. Sloper, Catherine's father, Mrs. Penniman, Catherine's widowed aunt, and Morris Townsend, a tall, handsome man of about thirty.< Less
The Portrait of a Lady By Henry James
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"The Portrait of a Lady" is one of Henry James's most popular long novels and is regarded by critics as one of his finest. "The Portrait of a Lady" is the story of a spirited... More > young American woman, Isabel Archer, who "affronts her destiny" and finds it overwhelming. She inherits a large amount of money and subsequently becomes the victim of Machiavellian scheming by two American expatriates. Like many of James's novels, it is set mostly in Europe, mostly England and Italy. Generally regarded as the masterpiece of James's early period, this novel reflects James's continuing interest in the differences between the New World and the Old, often to the detriment of the former. It also treats in a profound way the themes of personal freedom, responsibility, betrayal, and sexuality.< Less
The Turn of the Screw By Henry James
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"The Turn of the Screw" is a novella written by Henry James. It is ostensibly a ghost story in the stream of Gothic Fiction. An unnamed narrator listens to a male friend reading a... More > manuscript written by a former governess whom the friend claims to have known and who is now dead. The manuscript tells the story of how the young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for his nephew and niece after the death of their grandparents who were raising the children after their father died. The imagery of "The Turn of the Screw" is reminiscent of the gothic genre. The emphasis on old and mysterious buildings throughout the novella reinforces this motif. Many critics have tried to determine the exact nature of the evil hinted at by the story.< Less
The Golden Bowl By Henry James
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"The Golden Bowl" is a novel by Henry James. Set in England, this complex, intense study of marriage and adultery completes what some critics have called the "major phase" of... More > James' career. "The Golden Bowl" explores the tangle of interrelationships between a father and daughter and their respective spouses. The novel focuses deeply and almost exclusively on the consciousness of the central characters, with sometimes obsessive detail but also with powerful insight. Prince Amerigo, an impoverished but charismatic Italian nobleman, is in London for his marriage to Maggie Verver, only child of the fabulously wealthy American financier and art collector, Adam Verver. While there, he re-encounters the American Charlotte Stant, a former mistress of his from his days in Rome.< Less
The American By Henry James
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"The American" is an uneasy combination of social comedy and melodrama concerning the adventures and misadventures of Christopher Newman, an essentially good-hearted but rather gauche... More > American businessman on his first tour of Europe. Newman is looking for a world different from the simple, harsh realities of 19th century American business. He encounters both the beauty and the ugliness of Europe, and learns not to take either for granted. The core of the novel concerns Newman's courtship of a young widow from an aristocratic Parisian family. The first half of the novel, Newman's courtship of Claire and his efforts to ingratiate himself with her family, is a witty and perceptive treatment of the clash between Newman's brash and assertive American nature and the haughty, traditionalist views of the French aristocracy; it delights most readers with its humor and grace. The second half of the book descends into melodrama, with the duel, the convent, and the deep dark family secret.< Less
The Bostonians By Henry James
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"The Bostonians" is a bittersweet tragicomedy centered on an odd triangle of characters: Basil Ransom, a political conservative from Mississippi; Olive Chancellor, Ransom's cousin and a... More > Boston feminist; and Verena Tarrant, a pretty, young protégée of Olive's in the feminist movement. The storyline concerns the struggle between Ransom and Olive for Verena's allegiance and affection, though the novel also includes a wide panorama of political activists, newspaper people, and quirky eccentrics. "The Bostonians" deals with explicitly political themes: feminism and the general role of women in society. Another theme in the book is Olive's possible lesbian attraction to Verena. The three central characters are surrounded by a vivid supporting cast of would-be reformers, cynical journalists, and sometimes sinister hangers-on.< Less

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