Five classic novels by Henry James come alive in this collection of historic adaptations from the BBC archives. Henry James is one of the world's great novelists, a leader in the school of realism in literature. He was born in America but spent much of his early life travelling and studying abroad, eventually settling in England. His writing frequently portrays Americans and the clash of cultures they encounter in Europe. This collection includes adaptations of James's greatest novels with all-star British casts including Diana Rigg and Matthew Modine in The American (1998); Richard Chamberlain, Suzanne Neve and Edward Fox in The Portrait of a Lady (1968); Elizabeth Spriggs, Betsy Blair and John Castle in The Wings of the Dove (1979); Daniel Massey, Barry Morse and Cyril Cusack in The Golden Bowl (1972); and Gemma Jones, Ian Ogilvy and Diane Fletcher in The Spoils of Poynton (1971).