Henry James's Collection [ 24 Books ] by Henry James

Henry James's Collection [ 24 Books ]

By Henry James

  • Release Date: 2012-11-09
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
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This book contains collection of best 24 titles of Henry James.

1: The American
2: The Bostonians
3: The Europeans
4: Hawthorne
5: The Aspern Papers
6: The Ambassadors.
7: The Awkward Age
8: The Beast in the Jungle
9: Confidence
10: Daisy Miller: a study in two parts
11: The Golden Bowl.
12: A Passionate Pilgrim
13: The Outcry
14: Portrait of a Lady
15: The Princess Casamassima
16: The Real Thing
17: The Reverberator
18: The Turn of the Screw
19: The Tragic Muse
20: Washington Square
21: What Maisie Knew
22: The Wings of the Dove
23: Henry James
24: Roderick Hudson

Henry James was an American-born writer, regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism. He was the son of Henry James, Sr. and the brother of philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James. James alternated between America and Europe for the first 20 years of his life, after which he settled in England, becoming a British subject in 1915, one year before his death. He is primarily known for the series of novels in which he portrays the encounter of Americans with Europe and Europeans. His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allows him to explore issues related to consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting.

James contributed significantly to literary criticism, particularly in his insistence that writers be allowed the greatest possible freedom in presenting their view of the world. James claimed that a text must first and foremost be realistic and contain a representation of life that is recognisable to its readers. Good novels, to James, show life in action and are, most importantly, interesting. The concept of a good or bad novel is judged solely upon whether the author is good or bad. His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and possibly unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to narrative fiction. An extraordinarily productive writer, in addition to his voluminous works of fiction he published articles and books of travel, biography, autobiography, and criticism, and wrote plays, some of which were performed during his lifetime with moderate success. His theatrical work is thought to have profoundly influenced his later novels and tales.

In The Portrait of a Lady (1881) James concluded the first phase of his career with a novel that remains his most popular piece of long fiction. The story is of a spirited young American woman, Isabel Archer, who "affronts her destiny" and finds it overwhelming. She inherits a large amount of money and subsequently becomes the victim of Machiavellian scheming by two American expatriates. The narrative is set mainly in Europe, especially in England and Italy. Generally regarded as the masterpiece of his early phase, The Portrait of a Lady is described as a psychological novel, exploring the minds of his characters, and almost a work of social science, exploring the differences between Europeans and Americans, the old and the new worlds.