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The Ambassadors

The Ambassadors

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The Ambassadors by Henry James is a 1903 novel by Henry James, originally published as a serial in the North American Review (NAR). The novel is a dark comedy which follows the trip of protagonist Lewis Lambert Strether to Europe to bring the son of his widowed fiancée back to the family business. The novel is written in the third-person narrative from Strether"s point of view.Lewis Lambert Strether, the protagonist of the novel, is a cultured man in his fifties from the fictional town of Woollett, Massachusetts, who is dispatched to Paris to find Chad, the wayward son of his fiancée Mrs Newsome. The book is entirely told from Strether"s point of view and chronicles his change from an American to a European view of things.Strether, a middle-aged American of insignificant means, is sent to Paris by Mrs. Newsome, his wealthy fiancée. The mission he has been given is to talk her son, Chad, into returning to the family business in Woollett, Massachusetts.The Newsome family believes that Chad might be overstaying his European tour because of an inappropriate romantic liaison, perhaps with a vulgar adventuress. The reader is given to understand, in indirect ways, that if Strether fails, his engagement to Mrs. Newsome is at risk.

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The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

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Henry James"s "The Turn of the Screw", published in 1898, has inspired a divided critical debate, the likes of which the literary world has rarely seen. Either the story is an excellent example of the type of ghost story that was popular at the end of the nineteenth century or it is a psychoanalytic study of the hallucinations of a madwoman. Nevertheless, "The Turn of the Screw" is unanimously considered a masterpiece, one of the most famous, intriguing, and ambiguous mystery stories of the century"The Turn of the Screw" is told from the perspective of a narrator recalling a ghost story he once heard read out loud. The ghost story itself is written from the perspective of the governess to whom the story happened.Hired by a bachelor to take care of his niece and nephew, the governess barely arrives at their country home before she starts seeing ghosts. When she confides in the maid, Mrs. Grose, she learns that the ghosts are former employees of the estate: Peter Quint and Miss Jessel.The governess begins to suspect that her wards, Flora and Miles, can see the ghosts, but the children refuse to acknowledge the sightings. She is afraid for them, especially when the ghosts appear inside the house, but she does not write to their uncle because he asked not to be contacted.More sightings cause the governess to change her mind, but before her letter can be delivered, it is stolen. When Flora falls ill, Mrs. Grose takes her away for her health, leaving the governess alone with Miles. He admits that he stole her letter. Then the governess sees Peter Quint out the window. Miles says Peter Quint"s name, which the governess takes as indication that he knows about the ghosts. The novella ends when Miles looks out the window to see Peter Quint and ...

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The Outcry

The Outcry

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To cover the gambling debts of his daughter Kitty Imber, the widowed Lord Theign is planning to sell his beautiful painting Duchess of Waterbridge by Sir Joshua Reynolds to American billionaire Breckenridge Bender. Hugh Crimble, a young art critic, argues against the sale, saying that Britain"s art treasures should stay in the country. He is supported by Theign"s perceptive daughter, Lady Grace. When the newspapers get wind of the potential sale of the Reynolds, they raise a patriotic outcry, which delights Bender.Meanwhile, Crimble has found another painting in Theign"s collection that he suspects is a rarity by Mantovano. (James thought this artist was a fiction, but it later turned out that there really was an obscure painter of that name.) Eventually, Crimble"s hunch about the Mantovano turns out to be correct. Theign decides to donate the Mantovano to the National Gallery and not to sell the Reynolds to Bender. His friend Lady Sandgate also donates her family"s Sir Thomas Lawrence painting to the Gallery, which unites her and Theign.

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The Wings of the Dove

The Wings of the Dove

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First published in 1902, "The Wings of the Dove" is part of Henry James’s later body of work and reveals a more intensely psychological aspect than his earlier novels do.  "The Wings of the Dove" tells the story of Milly Theale, an American heiress stricken with a serious disease, and her effect on the people around her. Some of these people befriend Milly with honourable motives, while others are more self-interested.James once again focuses on the relationships between Americans and Europeans. He shows the Americans—Milly Theale and Susan Shepherd Stringham—to be honest and open, though not as sophisticated as their British counterparts: Merton Densher, Kate Croy, and Maud Lowder, who are portrayed as manipulative and deceitful. The central conflict is thus one of moral character rather than of cultural background.In "The Wings of the Dove", Henry James provides a rather unique approach to the timeless issues of selfishness, greed, conspiracy, love, and betrayal - universal themes in literature since early Greek theater.

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The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

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Listen to an unnamed narrator read a manuscript by a former governess and learn how she may have been haunted by ghosts while she being tasked to care for two children.One of the greatest and most analyzed gothic horror novellas ever written, Henry James" The Turn of the Screw is a must read ghost story. The Turn of the Screw has been recreated dozens of times and continues to scare the world as James" would had wanted. The perfect tale to read on Halloween or Christmas Eve.

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Terminations

Terminations

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I had simply, I suppose, a change of heart, and it must have begun when I received my manuscript back from Mr. Pinhorn. Mr. Pinhorn was my “chief,” as he was called in the office; he had accepted the high mission of bringing the paper up. This was a weekly periodical, and had been supposed to be almost past redemption when he took hold of it. It was Mr. Deedy who had let it down so dreadfully; he was never mentioned in the office now save in connection with that misdemeanor. Young as I was I had been in a manner taken over from Mr. Deedy, who had been owner as well as editor; forming part of a promiscuous lot, mainly plant and office furniture, which poor Mrs. Deedy, in her bereavement and depression, parted with at a rough valuation. I could account for my continuity only on the supposition that I had been cheap.

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Daisy Miller

Daisy Miller

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A Beautiful and flirtatious American girl Daisy Miller and a sophisticated compatriot Frederick Winterbourne first meet in Switzerland. They continue to see each other in Rome and meet more American expatriates there, but their relationship does not always flow smoothly. Henry James uses Daisy's story to discuss what he thinks Europeans and Americans believe about each other, and more generally the prejudices common in any culture. The story is one of James' most popular works.

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The Beast in the Jungle

The Beast in the Jungle

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The Beast in the Jungle is a novella written by the famous writer Henry James.  This story treats of loneliness, fate, love and death. The parable of John Marcher and his peculiar destiny has spoken to many readers and induced change in many lives. John Marcher is reacquainted with May Bartram, a woman he knew ten years earlier while living in southern Italy, who remembers his odd secret: Marcher is seized with the belief that his life is to be defined by some catastrophic or spectacular event, lying in wait for him like a "beast in the jungle".  Will John accept to let this woman be close to him, or will his belief prevail ? This edition will please all lovers of classic literature. 

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Henry James Best Novels

Henry James Best Novels

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Henry James OM (15 April 1843 – 28 February 1916) was an American-British author regarded as a key transitional figure between literary realism and literary modernism, and is considered by many to be among the greatest novelists in the English language.  In this book, we have collected James 11 best novels : The turn of the screw (a movie adaptation this year) The American The Portrait of a lady The Golden bowl The Aspern papers What Maisie knew Daisy Miller The Bostonians The Ambassadors Wings of the dove Washington Square A well-formatted, easy-to-read book, suitable for any e-reader, tablet or computer. The reader will go from one novel to another one, one section to another one as quick as possible. James detailed biography is also included in this edition.

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The Coxon Fund

The Coxon Fund

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The Coxon Fund by Henry James. The Coxon Fund is an 1894 short story by Henry James. This novella explores the relationship between Frank Saltram, a charismatic speaker who is also a freeloader; Ruth Anvoy, a young American who visits her widowed aunt, Lady Coxon, an American who married a Brit; and George Gravener, a British intellectual with a future in politics who becomes engaged to Ms. Anvoy. The story revolves around the dispersal of The Coxon Fund, a sum of money left by Ms. Anvoy’s father with the stipulation that is be given to a great man to publish and pursue moral truth.

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