Henry James

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Henry James


Born
in New York, New York, The United States
April 15, 1843

Died
February 28, 1916

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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 encounter of America with Europe. His plots centered on personal relationships, the proper exercise of power in such relationships, and other moral questions. His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allowed him to explore the phenomena of consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared ...more

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“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
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“She feels in italics and thinks in CAPITALS.”
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“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
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