Henry James: Novels 1903-1911: The Ambassadors, The Golden Bowl, The Outcry

Henry James: Novels 1903-1911: The Ambassadors, The Golden Bowl, The Outcry

by Henry James
     
 

Nearly thirty years in the making, The Library of America's eleven-volume edition of the complete fiction of Henry James now culminates with this authoritative volume collecting his final three finished works. Considered by James to be his most finely constructed novel, The Ambassadors (1903) recounts the attempts of a conscientious American to convince the

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Nearly thirty years in the making, The Library of America's eleven-volume edition of the complete fiction of Henry James now culminates with this authoritative volume collecting his final three finished works. Considered by James to be his most finely constructed novel, The Ambassadors (1903) recounts the attempts of a conscientious American to convince the son of a friend to return home from Paris-and in doing so plays the charm of the Old World against the provincialism of the New. In The Golden Bowl (1904), an American woman marries an Italian prince while her father unknowingly marries the prince's former mistress; James underscores both the fragility and strength of human ties and further develops what he once called the "complex fate, being an American." Originally written for the stage but never produced, James reworked The Outcry (1911) into a highly successful comic novel of social manners that also deals with the ethics of art collecting. Included as an appendix is "The Married Son," the chapter James contributed to The Whole Family (1908), a multi-author novel conceived by William Dean Howells and portraying a dysfunctional family whose struggles mirror the frustrated collaborative efforts of the book's twelve contributors.

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Library Journal - BookSmack!
Combining some of the author's best-known works, this sixth and final volume in the James series collects The Ambassadors, The Golden Bowl, and The Outcry. The book sports the usual extras of a chronology of the author's life and a ribbon marker, plus a most unusual feature for a Library of America volume: illustrations. — Mike Rogers, "Classic Returns," Booksmack! 1/6/11

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598530919
Publisher:
Library of America
Publication date:
01/06/2011
Pages:
7000
Sales rank:
403,612
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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