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Hawthorne
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 183

Hawthorne

It will be necessary, for several reasons, to give this short sketch the form rather of a critical essay than of a biography. The data for a life of Nathaniel Hawthorne are the reverse of copious, and even if they were abundant they would serve but in a limited measure the purpose of the biographer. Hawthorne's career was probably as tranquil and uneventful a one as ever fell to the lot of a man of letters; it was almost strikingly deficient in incident, in what may be called the dramatic quality. Few men of equal genius and of equal eminence can have led on the whole a simpler life. His six volumes of Note-Books illustrate this simplicity; they are a sort of monument to an unagitated fortun...

Henry James
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 163

Henry James

An introduction to the major novels of Henry James, the American writer who became a great European novelist.

Daisy Miller
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 128

Daisy Miller

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1987-03-03
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  • Publisher: Penguin

Originally published in The Cornhill Magazine in 1878 and in book form in 1879, Daisy Miller brought Henry James his first widespread commercial and critical success. The young Daisy Miller, an American on holiday with her mother on the shores of Switzerland’s Lac Leman, is one of James’s most vivid and tragic characters. Daisy’s friendship with an American gentleman, Mr. Winterbourne, and her subsequent infatuation with a passionate but impoverished Italian bring to life the great Jamesian themes of Americans abroad, innocence versus experience, and the grip of fate. As Elizabeth Hardwick writes in her Introduction, Daisy Miller “lives on, a figure out of literature who has entered history as a name, a vision.”

Henry James
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 188

Henry James

This collection of new essays relates James's work to the political and social issues of his day, making this outstanding literary figure accessible to a broader reading public. Contributors include Richard Godden and Charles Swann, Millicent Bell and Deborah Phillips.

Henry James
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 111

Henry James

Presents critical analyses of five novels by Henry James, each with a plot summary and list of characters, and includes a biography of James, and an index of themes and ideas.

Meaning in Henry James
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 384

Meaning in Henry James

Henry James rebelled intuitively against the tyranny and banality of plots. Believing a life to have many potential paths and a self to hold many destinies, he hung the evocative shadow of "what might have been" over much of what he wrote. Yet James also realized that no life can be lived--and no story written--except by submission to some outcome. The limiting conventions of society and literature are, he found, almost inescapable. In a major, comprehensive new study of James's work, Millicent Bell explores this oscillation between hope and fatalism, indeterminacy and form, and uncertainty and meaning. In the process Bell provides fresh insight into how we read and interpret fiction. Bell d...

Novels, 1896-1899
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 1035

Novels, 1896-1899

Collects four complete novels of Henry James, depicting murder, jealousy, possessiveness, power, divorce, friendship, and innocence.

Complete Stories, 1898-1910
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 946

Complete Stories, 1898-1910

Gathers thirty-one stories, including "The Great Good Place," "The Jolly Corner," and "The Beast in the Jungle"

The Essential Henry James Collection
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 3515

The Essential Henry James Collection

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-03-06
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  • Publisher: eBookIt.com

Compiled in one book, the essential collection of books by Henry James The Turn of the Screw Portrait of a Lady The Ambassadors Daisy Miller Washington Square What Maisie Knew

The Other Henry James
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 238

The Other Henry James

Rowe uses recent work on the oppressive treatment of gays, women and children in his analysis of Henry James, arguing that James mounts a critique of bourgeois values and lack of historical consciousness.