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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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Carmilla Reads
Carmilla Reads rated it 1 week 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...
Words of a Bibliophile
Words of a Bibliophile rated it 4 months ago
I had gone into this expecting to be spooked, but I mostly got confused instead. The main narrator's propensity to jump to conclusions without any solid proof and instantly believing them as truths made me question her reliability. The writing certainly doesn't help—it's dense and convoluted, even s...
TeaStitchRead
TeaStitchRead rated it 6 months ago
Holy Wall of Text Batman! This short novella took so long to read because I had to put down my NOOK and give my eyes a break. There is a story there buried deep in the paragraph-length run on sentences, but damn if I could follow along well enough to describe it to you. I just didn't care about any ...
Gatta ci cova
Gatta ci cova rated it 1 year ago
“Furfante di uno scrittorucolo!” La gondola scivola pigramente lungo il Canal Grande, nell’abbraccio molle e indefinibile di un’estiva notte veneziana. Non lontano c’è il palazzo grigio e rosa, un tempo certamente splendido, residenza delle signorine Bordereau: l’ultracentenaria Juliana, che fu ...
Jennifer's Books
Jennifer's Books rated it 2 years 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...
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