The Awkward Age

The Awkward Age

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by Henry James
     
 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595477040
Publisher:
NuVision Publications
Publication date:
04/25/2008
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Henry James was born on April 15, 1843, on Washington Place in New York to the most intellectually remarkable of American families. His father, Henry James Sr., was a brilliant and eccentric religious philosopher; his brother was one of the first great American psychologists and the author of the influential Pragmatism; his sister, Alice, though an invalid for most of her life, was a talented conversationalist, a lively letter writer, and a witty observer of the art and politics of her time.

In search of the proper education for his children, Henry senior sent them to schools in America, France, Germany, and Switzerland. Returning to America, Henry junior lived in Newport, briefly attended Harvard Law School, and in 1864 began contributing stories and book reviews to magazines. Two more trips to Europe led to his final decision to settle there, first in Paris in 1875, then in London next year.

James's first major novel, Roderick Hudson, appeared in 1875, but it was Daisy Miller (1878) that brought him international fame as the chronicler of American expatriates and their European adventures. His novels include The American (1877), Washington Square (1880), Princess Casamassima (1886), and the three late masterpieces, The Wings of the Dove (1902), The Ambassadors (1903), and The Golden Bowl (1904). He also wrote plays, criticism, autobiography, travel books (including The American Scene, 1907) and some of the finest short stories in the English language.

His later works were little read during his lifetime but have since come to be recognized as forerunners of literary modernism. Upon the outbreak of World War I, James threw his energies into war relief work and decided to adopt British citizenship. One month before his death in 1916, he received the Order of Merit from King George V.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
April 15, 1843
Date of Death:
February 28, 1916
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Place of Death:
London, England
Education:
Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63

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The Awkward Age 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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If you enjoy a challenging read and works that require you to focus all of your concentration, this novel is for you. I found that you must carefully read and follow along, or you can quickly be lost in its pages. James requires his reader to question his or her own morality, and decide for themselves what is acceptable within the novel. The type of person you are definately reflects on how you view the plot. I loved it for its complexity and challenge- it isn't for the faint of heart!
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