The Tragic Muse (Volume 1)

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Volume: 1
General Books publication date: 2009
Original publication date: 1918
Original Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin Company Subjects: Fiction / Classics

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Fiction / Family Life

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Overview

Volume: 1
General Books publication date: 2009
Original publication date: 1918
Original Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin Company Subjects: Fiction / Classics

Fiction / Literary

Fiction / Family Life

Literary Criticism / General

Literary Criticism / American / General Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text.
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Excerpt: III. After her companions left her, Lady Agnes rested for five minutes in silence with her elder daughter, at the end of which time she observed, " I suppose one must have food, at any rate," and, getting up, quitted the place where they had been sitting. " And where are we to go ? I hate eating out-of-doors," she went on. " Dear me, when one comes to Paris ? " Grace rejoined, in a tone which appeared to imply that in so rash an adventure one must be prepared for compromises and concessions. The two ladies wandered to where they saw a large sign of " Buffet" suspended in the air, entering a precinct reserved for little white-clothed tables, straw-covered chairs, and long-aproned waiters. One of these functionaries approached them with eagerness, and with a " Mesdames sont seules ?" receiving in return, from her ladyship, the slightly snappish announcement, " Non ; nous sommes beaucoup ! " He introduced them to a table larger than most of the others, and under his protection they took their places at it and began, rather languidly and vaguely, to consider the question of the repast. The waiter had placed a carte in Lady Agnes's hands, and she studied it, through her eyeglass, with a failure of interest, while he enumerated, with professional fluency, the resources of the establishment, and Grace looked at the people at the other tables. She was hungry, and had already broken a morsel from a long glazed rol...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781150734281
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 12/23/2009
  • Pages: 94
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry James
Henry James was a master at tracing the social boundaries of the Gilded Age -- between Old and New World, Europe and America, desire and convention, men and women. He brought an invaluably clear-eyed, and critical, sensibility to America's evolving cultural mores.

Biography

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.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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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

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