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Tales of Henry James

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  303 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
"The Author on His Craft" again reprints James s critical essay "The Art of Fiction" and related passages from his notebooks, including a new passage on "In the Cage." "Criticism" has been entirely updated and includes ten new essays by critics who during the last twenty-five years have helped to establish the lines of debate about James s tales. An updated Selected Biblio ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published November 21st 2002 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1908)
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Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Henry the Great. For those waiting to tackle his novels with
wandering sentences loaded w parentheses, I suggest starting
w his novellas & short stories -- 9 in this volume. James isn't
airport-dentist office reading. He demands focused hours, pillows, a brandy-soda. Hortense Calisher wrote: "He never for one moment underestimated the intelligence of his readers. There are some who will never forgive him for it."

In his essay, The Art of Fiction, includ. here, James asks what exactly is experien
Corinne  E. Blackmer
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is an intelligent and varied selection of the tales (or short stories) of Henry James, and it gives ample evidence as to why James is a canonical author. I enjoyed the selections, as well, as I had never read "The Pupil," and found its exploration of a sensitive, morally upright, and precocious young boy who, along with his tutor, is manipulated by his fraudulent con artist parents, immensely moving and convincing. There are other masterpieces as well: "Daisy Miller," "The Jolly Corner," "T ...more
Juan Carlos Santillán
«Relatos» de Henry James (3/5)

Relatos extensos, algunos excesivos. Al autor le ganan la verborrea, los símiles y la digresión. Pero el estilo es agradable de leer. Flota un aire de melancolía atenuada apenas con bien medidas dosis de humor. Recomendable para una lectura paciente.

Kathy Kattenburg
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I started this book thinking I would only read the 9 short stories (2 of them -- Daisy Miller and The Aspern Papers -- novellas), and save the critical essays for another time. But I ended up reading the entire volume, including Henry James's The Art of Fiction.
Sam Baber
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I needed a James fix and this collection was exactly what the doctor ordered; I understand some resist the master but I still hope to spend my retirement immersed in all things Jamesian when the time comes.
Oleg Kagan
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: so-sorry
I had read some of the stories in this book before and had admired Henry James for his acute observations of human nature. This time, I read some of the stories and admired James's ability to craft some of the best sentences in the English language. Unfortunately, those great sentences did not translate into great stories and after reading all but two of the stories here I've decided to put it down.

Simply put, I got tired of the 'society' James trumpeted, his droll characters, and the plots tha
Apr 14, 2007 rated it liked it
Henry James is probably a good deal better than I give him credit for, but I really only like him when I'm in academic mode. The rest of the time, he's interesting but he really dries me out.

Hilariously, Wikipedia suggests that William Faulker once called James "the nicest old lady I ever met". Yes. Henry James may have been somewhat revolutionary in technique for the time, but not morally enough so for my liking. In that sense, his writing is trapped in a grey room with no doors. His writing is
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
I read two of the stories in this collection, and over all feel mixed about James' work. On the one hand, The Beast in the Jungle was rather interesting. There was a nice creepiness to it, and I enjoyed seeing the two main characters develop. It was in some ways a standard story of what happens when you try to mess with fate, but it was still a good one. In the Cage, on the other hand, was rather dull and uninteresting to me. The conceit had the potential to be nice, but I didn't really like any ...more
Caitlin Conlon
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have to admit, I only read the stories in here, not the critical essays in the back. This was my first experience with James at all, and I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style. It was elongated and detailed. I also admired his wit, and his subtlety in metaphor and meaning. However at the same time, sometimes it seems he'd get a bit off topic with these sentences, which is why I feel that 5 stars would be too much for this. Overall, really enjoyable stories. I particularly liked The Beast in th ...more
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This pleasant collection of short stories really helped me to forget my awful experience with James' "The Ambassadors". I love The Pupil most of all, but all are worth reading. I like this particular edition because of the extensive commentary section in the back of the book, each interesting in its own right. These stories really highlight James' talents as a writer, and they are not insufferable. I highly recommend them to anyone who likes 19th century literature.
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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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