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Title:
Selected short works by Henry James
Author:
James, Henry, 1843-1916.
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Uniform Title:
Short stories. Selections
Edition:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, 2004.
Physical Description:
343 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The Aspern papers -- The beast in the jungle -- The jolly corner.
ISBN:
9780786263325
Format :
Book

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Summary

Henry James explores human character with an elegant realism. This collection offers three of his most popular shorter works. In "The Aspern Papers" cultures, generations, and genders clash as a literary historian tries to pry a packet of letters, written by an important American poet, from the woman to whom they were sent. "The Jolly Corner" and "The Beast in the Jungle" feature characters who encounter apparitions that may express aspects of their hidden selves.


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)