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Complete stories, 1874-1884
James, Henry, 1843-1916.
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Short stories. Selections
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New York : Library of America ; [United States] : Distributed to the trade in the United States by Penguin Putnam, [1999]

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941 pages ; 21 cm.
Professor Fargo -- Eugene Pickering -- Benvolio -- Crawford's consistency -- The ghostly rental -- Four meetings -- Rose-Agathe -- Daisy Miller: a study -- Longstaff's marriage -- An international episode -- The pension beaurepas -- The diary of a man of fifty -- A bundle of letters -- The point of view -- The siege of London -- The impressions of a cousin -- Lady Barberina -- Pandora -- The author of "Beltraffio".
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In the years when he achieved his greatest success as a novelist, Henry James was also contributing stories prolifically to popular magazines. Stories collected in this Library of America volume (the second of five volumes of James's stories) show James working out, in a more concise fictional laboratory, themes that appear in such novels of the period as The Portrait of a Lady and The Bostonians . They include some of his most famous explorations of the international theme: "Daisy Miller," the unforgettable portrayal of an innocent, headstrong American girl at odds with European mores, "An International Episode" and "Lady Barberina," satirically probing tales of English aristocrats and the American marriage market, and "The Siege of London," in which an American widow strives to work her way into English society.

In "A Bundle of Letters" and "The Point of View," James makes a fascinating experimental use of the epistolary form. "Professor Fargo" presents an unusually bleak view of the darker side of American life, while "The Author of 'Beltraffio'" offers a disturbing portrait of a fin-de-siècle novelist. Throughout, James wittily limns the demands and hidden struggles of social life, and hones his mastery of the unexpected resolution and the brilliantly framed moral portrait.

Adventurous in narrative technique, yet marked by precise observation rendered in quicksilver prose, the stories of James's middle period present a breathtaking array of memorable characters and beguiling scenarios.

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Author Notes

Henry James, American novelist and literary critic, was born in 1843 in New York City. Psychologist-philosopher William James was his brother. By the age of 18, he had lived in France, England, Switzerland, Germany, and New England. In 1876, he moved to London, having decided to live abroad permanently.

James was a prolific writer; his writings include 22 novels, 113 tales, 15 plays, approximately 10 books of criticism, and 7 travel books. His best-known works include Daisy Miller, The Turn of the Screw, The Portrait of a Lady, The Ambassadors, and The American Scene. His works of fiction are elegant and articulate looks at Victorian society; while primarily set in genteel society, James subtlely explores class issues, sexual repression, and psychological distress.

Henry James died in 1916 in London. The James Memorial Stone in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey, commemorates him.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

The Library of America is starting off 1999 with a bang. This massive collection of stories is actually the third and fourth installments in what eventually will be a five-volume series. Along with standards like "Daisy Miller" and "The Aspern Papers," this edition includes 22 stories that have been long unavailable. Essential for serious literature collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.