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Henry James
Henry James (1843-1916), the son of the religious philosopher Henry James Sr., and brother of psychologist and philosopher William James and diarist Alice James, published many important novels including Daisy Miller, The Wings of the Dove, The Golden Bowl, and The Ambassadors. James is regarded... show more
Henry James (1843-1916), the son of the religious philosopher Henry James Sr., and brother of psychologist and philosopher William James and diarist Alice James, published many important novels including Daisy Miller, The Wings of the Dove, The Golden Bowl, and The Ambassadors.

James is regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism. He is best known for his novels showing Americans encountering Europe and Europeans. His method of writing from a character's point of view allowed him to explore issues related to consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting. His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and unreliable narrators brought a new depth to narrative fiction.

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.

In addition to his voluminous works of fiction he published articles and books of travel, biography, autobiography, and criticism, and wrote plays. James alternated between America and Europe for the first twenty years of his life; eventually he settled in England, becoming a British subject in 1915, one year before his death. James was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911, 1912, and 1916.
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Birth date: April 15, 1843
Died: February 28, 1916
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Jennifer's Books
Jennifer's Books rated it 1 month ago
aka Words, Words Everywhere. I've read my share of VIctorian Era writing, so I am quite familiar with just how wordy it can be. But this...this was beyond. Honestly, had I been reading this as opposed to listening to it I'd have DNF'd it for sure. Even with the superb narration, there were a few t...
Lora's Rants and Reviews
Lora's Rants and Reviews rated it 1 month ago
by Henry James After reading the first couple of chapters, I actually went onto Wikipedia to find out what this story is about. I felt like I had come into the middle of something that hadn't been explained. This is actually not unusual for stories written around the turn of the century. They ha...
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents rated it 5 months ago
I'm sure this is one of those books that is supposed to be studied for greater meanings, but I didn't do that. I'm so aggravated at Isabel. She had so many people in her corner and still ends up with a POS man. I love her sweet cousin.
Silvie's bookshelf
Silvie's bookshelf rated it 7 months ago
I liked the first and the last story. But the în between was not my cup of tea. I don't know if it was my Romanian's translation's fault (there were 4 translators that worked on this book) but they seemed to be too descriptive.
Bookish Blerd
Bookish Blerd rated it 9 months ago
The only thing I really enjoyed was Emma Thompson's performance. She's what kept me listing (and reading along at some parts). I just didn't get it? It didn't get me? It literally did not pull me into the story or hold my true interest. Perhaps a second reading/listening in the future.
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