Henry James


Born
in New York City, 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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2016 2nd Quarter Long Read

 
  41 votes, 22.3%

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  32 votes, 17.4%

 
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900, The Arabian Nights, 1049 pages
 
  19 votes, 10.3%

1920, Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset, 1168 pages
 
  14 votes, 7.6%

 
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440 BC, The Histories by Herodotus, 716 pages
 
  8 votes, 4.3%

1965, The Magus by John Fowles, 656 pages
 
  8 votes, 4.3%

1901, The Wings of the Dove by Henry James, 741 pages
 
  5 votes, 2.7%

1997, Underworld by Don DeLillo, 832 pages
 
  5 votes, 2.7%

1987, The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher, 656 pages
 
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