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The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfe ...more
Hardcover, 1287 pages
Published November 15th 1983 by Library of America (first published 1880)
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Paul Jellinek
These early novels are Henry James at his most accessible--and, believe it or not, his most comical. Even the first of these novels, "Watch and Ward," which I had never heard of and which James himself was inclined to forget, turned out to be hugely enjoyable, as were the other four. Even in these early years, James was an amazing writer, even if his tongue was often firmly in his cheek.
Christopher Sutch
See my reviews of the individual works in this volume.

One thing about the notes for this volume: This is one of the earliest books published in the Library of America series, and it suffers from the lack of a standardized format and guidelines for the editorial and extra-textual materials included in the volume. The textual notes, rather than giving helpful information to a general reader (such as translations of the many French, Italian, and German phrases that occur in James's work), are mainl
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Ramona Wray
Just finished "The American". I loved it! Christopher Newman, a Civil War veteran and self-made millionaire leaves the business arena- of which he had grown tired- behind and embarks on his first trip to Europe, looking to amuse himself. He goes to Paris where he eventually meets a beautiful French countess (and widow) whom he decides to marry. Henry James supposedly wrote "The American" in response to Al. Dumas Fils play, "L'etrangere", in which Dumas portrays Americans as rather crude so, havi ...more
Martin
Watch and Ward - finished 06/28/12

Roderick Hudson - finished 09/25/13

The American - finished 11/06/14

(The Europeans - finished 07/28/08)
Andrew
I read The American in this text. It's a fun novel, especially after The Ambassadors, but my heart will always belong to the late work.
Joy
Aug 30, 2010 Joy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: classic
Thought provoking, easy to digest, good for vocabulary developement!
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Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr., brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American-born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction. He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death. He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the ...more
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