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Henry James: Daisy Miller * Washington Square * Portrait of a Lady * The Bostonians * The Aspern Papers
by Henry James
Henry James looked at his society-its rules and foibles-with a sharp, unsparing eye. Shifting from America to Europe, the new world and the old, he saw how rigid conventions could destroy lives and happiness. Five of James's classic, richly textured novels, in their entirety, present a cast of indelible characters and events: Daisy Miller, the tragic tale of an innocent yo ...more
Hardcover, 896 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Chancellor Press
(first published 1888)
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Admittedly I skipped most of The Bostonians because I was so weary of James after reading The Portrait of a Lady. I did enjoy The Alpern Papers, though. Either way, I think I'll always be team Wharton because her details seem well placed rather than exhaustive and she lets me put myself into the story a little by reading into the characters rather than reporting all the inner thoughts of all the characters. Lesson learned for my own writing (I hope).
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 ...moreMore about Henry James...