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The Short Stories of Henry James

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A collection of short stories by Henry James, as selected by Clifton Fadiman.

Four meetings --
A bundle of letters --
Louisa Pallant --
The liar --
The real thing --
The pupil --
Brooksmith --
The middle years --
The altar of the dead --
"Europe" --
The great good place --
The tree of knowledge --
The tone of time --
Mrs. Medwin --
The birthplace --
The beast in the jungle --
The jolly cor
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Hardcover, 644 pages
Published 1945 by Random House (first published 1902)
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May 04, 2015 AC rated it it was amazing
For those looking to somehow feast at the banquet of James' short stories without having to puzzle through the four massive volumes of his Collected Stories, this is a fabulous and intelligent collection (made by Clifton Fadiman in 1945).
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A thinking man's short story author, James is difficult reading. He exercises your brain. When you come away from him, you may wonder, "What's the point of this story? So what?" or "His characters are so flat!" True. But there is something about him that eventually leaves a mark. You realize that he may not be a great or popular author, but he certainly is a true writer. Yes, he takes an awfully long time to say something, but it is in his word choice that makes you like him after all.
Ryan
Mar 23, 2014 Ryan rated it really liked it
Jame is not for everyone. One criticism of his work is that his characters are passionless. This isn't fair; while James doesn't deal well in these stories with romantic entanglements, at his best, his characters are powerful studies of desperation, the power of loss, alienation, and the desperate search for something to be passionate about.
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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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