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The Europeans : a sketch
James, Henry, 1843-1916.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : G.K. Hall & Co., 2000, 1878.
Physical Description:
255 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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Set in the countryside around Boston in the mid nineteenth century, The Europeans juxtaposes gay sophistication of two continental cousins with the moral solidity of their provincial counterparts. When feckless, charming Felix Young and his sister Eugenia, the Baroness Munster, descend on their well-to-do, God-fearing New England cousins, the Wentworths, the Europeans hope to gain much from their American experience. Throughout, both parties are confronted by an attitude of life beyond their experience or faith.

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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