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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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Lora Hates Spam
Lora Hates Spam rated it 4 weeks 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...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
This is the first novel James was willing, in later life, to acknowledge, though not the first he wrote. That in itself tells you that he thought it had some merit, even if we didn't have the long afterword explaining in those interminable late-James sentences all the various emotions and thoughts t...
Dem
Dem rated it 9 months ago
3.5 Stars The Turn of the Screw was written in 1898 and first appeared in serial format in Collier's Weekly This was a time when life was lived at a slower pace and Ghost /Gothic Horror Stories were the Reality TV shows of to day and in order to read this book one must take them selves back in time ...
Calyre
Calyre rated it 10 months ago
- Il se meurt faute d'un mot d'encouragement. Je revois son visage, son air grave et absorbé pendant que je lui parlais. Je n'ai jamais vu un homme laid paraître aussi beau.- Vous m'aurez grandement obligée!- Et quelle sera ma récompense?- Vous voulez être récompensé d'un acte généreux?- Oui, quand ...
Carmilla Reads
Carmilla Reads rated it 1 year ago
Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw" follows a popular convention in classic horror that the story is presented to us with a wrap around narration. At a party people are encouraged to tell each other creepy tales and this one is told to them (and us) by the recipient of correspondence from the gover...
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