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The Ambassadors By Henry James
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This dark comedy, one of the masterpieces of James' final period, follows the trip of protagonist Lewis Lambert Strether to Europe in pursuit of his widowed fiancée's supposedly wayward son.... More > Strether is to bring the young man back to the family business, but he encounters unexpected complications.< Less
The Portrait of a Lady By Henry James
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The Portrait of a Lady is considered a masterpiece by critics and fans alike. Set primarily in England and Italy, the novel features a young American woman named Isabel Archer, who's just inherited a... More > chunk of cash. Though she is escorted by her protective cousin Ralph and her confidante Henrietta Stackpole, Isabel falls into the scheme of two American expats, Madame Merle and Gilbert Osmond. Once they're on the scene, charming upper crust manners give way to Machiavellian plotting. Like much of James's work, Portrait of a Lady is long, complex and deep, but it's a masterfully crafted tale well told. James guides the reader through the psychological depths of Isabel's deteriorating mental landscape as she falls victim to greedy conspirators. He brilliantly illustrates Isabel's journey through the deteriorating architecture of Rome as a mirror to her own dwindling passions - a James-as-usual naive American in Europe device which brilliantly juxtaposes Old World and New.< Less
The Turn of the Screw By Henry James
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The Turn of the Screw is a short novel or a novella written by American writer Henry James. Originally published in 1898, it is ostensibly a ghost story that has lent itself well to operatic and film... More > adaptation. Due to its ambiguous content and narrative skill, The Turn of the Screw became a favorite text of New Criticism. The account has lent itself to dozens of different interpretations, often mutually exclusive, including those of a Freudian nature. Many critics have tried to determine what exactly is the nature of evil within the story.< 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. The plot of... More > 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
What Maisie Knew By Henry James
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Maisie's parents go through an acrimonious divorce when she is very young, and the court decrees that she will travel between them, spending time with each. They do not hesitate to use her in their... More > war against each other, and she is neglected and abandoned by them as they each remarry and then take further lovers. The story follows her to maturity, when she is able to decide her own fate.< Less

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