Henry James: Complete Stories 1892-1898, Volume 1

Overview

The 21 stories in Complete Stories 1892-1898 represent James at the peak of his storytelling powers. Among them are "The Turn of the Screw," one of his most popular works, a terrifying exercise in psychological horror centering on the corruption of childhood innocence; "The Real Thing," a playful consideration of the illusions of art and the paradoxes of authenticity; "The Figure in the Carpet," "The Death of the Lion," and "The Middle Years," three very different expositions of the mysteries of authorship, ...
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Overview

The 21 stories in Complete Stories 1892-1898 represent James at the peak of his storytelling powers. Among them are "The Turn of the Screw," one of his most popular works, a terrifying exercise in psychological horror centering on the corruption of childhood innocence; "The Real Thing," a playful consideration of the illusions of art and the paradoxes of authenticity; "The Figure in the Carpet," "The Death of the Lion," and "The Middle Years," three very different expositions of the mysteries of authorship, embodying some of James's most profound insights into the nature of his own art; "The Altar of the Dead," a somber, ultimately wrenching meditation on the relation of the living to the dead; and "In the Cage," an extended evocation of the inner life of a young woman trapped in a dehumanizing job at a postal-and-telegraph office.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The Library of America here kicks off a five-volume series on James. Together, these offer the full canon of James's 52 short stories. Also included are the standard series chronology of the author's life and notes by leading scholars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883011093
  • Publisher: Library of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Library of America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 958
  • Sales rank: 888,769
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry James (1843-1916), born in New York City, was the son of noted religious philosopher Henry James, Sr., and brother of eminent psychologist and philosopher William James. He spent his early life in America and studied in Geneva, London and Paris during his adolescence to gain the worldly experience so prized by his father. He lived in Newport, went briefly to Harvard Law School, and in 1864 began to contribute both criticism and tales to magazines.

In 1869, and then in 1872-74, he paid visits to Europe and began his first novel, Roderick Hudson. Late in 1875 he settled in Paris, where he met Turgenev, Flaubert, and Zola, and wrote The American (1877). In December 1876 he moved to London, where two years later he achieved international fame with Daisy Miller. Other famous works include Washington Square (1880), The Portrait of a Lady (1881), The Princess Casamassima (1886), The Aspern Papers (1888), The Turn of the Screw (1898), and three large novels of the new century, The Wings of the Dove (1902), The Ambassadors (1903) and The Golden Bowl (1904). In 1905 he revisited the United States and wrote The American Scene (1907).

During his career he also wrote many works of criticism and travel. Although old and ailing, he threw himself into war work in 1914, and in 1915, a few months before his death, he became a British subject. In 1916 King George V conferred the Order of Merit on him. He died in London in February 1916.

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

Table of Contents

Nona Vincent 1
The Real Thing 32
The Private Life 58
Lord Beaupre 92
The Visits 147
Sir Dominick Ferrand 163
Greville Fane 217
Collaboration 234
Owen Wingrave 256
The Wheel of Time 291
The Middle Years 335
The Death of the Lion 356
The Coxon Fund 393
The Altar of the Dead 450
The Next Time 486
Glasses 525
The Figure in the Carpet 572
The Way It Came 609
The Turn of the Screw 635
Covering End 741
In the Cage 835
Chronology 925
Note on the Texts 940
Notes 943
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