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Henry James
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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*Watch and Ward, 1871
*Passionate Pilgrim and Other Tales, 1875
*Roderick Hudson, 1875
*Transatlantic Sketches, 1875
*The American, 1877
*French Poets and Novelists, 1878
*The Europeans, 1878
*Daisy Miller, 1878
*Hawthorne, 1879
*An International Episode, 1879
*Madonna of the Future, 1879
*Bundle of Letters, 1880
*Diary of a Man of 50, 1880
*Confidence, 1880
*Washington Square, 1880
*The Portrait of a Lady, 1881
*The Siege of London, 1883
*Portraits of Places, 1883
*Tales of Three Cities, 1884
*A Little Tour in France, 1885
*The Art of Fiction, 1885
*The Bostonians, 1886
*The Princess Casamassima, 1886
*Partial Portraits, 1888
*Louisa Pallant, 1888
*The Reverberator, 1888
*The Aspern Papers, 1888
*The Patagonia, 1889
*The Liar, 1889
*Mrs. Temperly, 1889
*A London Life, 1889
*The Tragic Muse, 1890
*Lesson of the Master and Other Stories, 1892
*Pictures and Text, 1893
*Essays in London and Elsewhere, 1893
*The Real Thing and Other Tales, 1893
*The Private Life and Other Stories, 1893
*Owen Wingrave, 1893
*Terminations, 1895
*Embarrassments, 1896
*The Other House, 1896
*The Spoils of Poynton, 1897
*What Maisie Knew, 1897
*The Turn of the Screw, 1898
*In the Cage and Other Stories, 1898
*The Awkward Age, 1899
*The Soft Side, 1900
*The Sacred Fount, 1901
*The Wings of the Dove, 1902
*The Better Sort, 1903
*The Ambassadors, 1903
*William Wetmore Story and His Friends, 1903
*The Golden Bowl, 1904
*Question of Our Speech: The Lesson of Balzac, Two Lectures, 1905
*English Hours, 1905
*The American Scene, 1907
*Views and Reviews, 1908
*Italian Hours, 1909
*The Finer Grain, 1910
*The Outcry, 1911
*A Small Boy and Others, 1913
*Notes of a Son and Brother, 1914
*Notes on Novelists, with Some Other Notes, 1914
*The Middle Years, 1917
*Ivory Tower (unfinished), 1917
*Sense of the Past (unfinished), 1917
*Gabrielle de Bergerac, 1918
*Within the Rim, and Other Essays, 1914-15, 1918
*Travelling Companions, 1919
*A Landscape Painter, 1919
*Master Eustace, 1920
*The Art of the Novel, 1934
*The Notebooks of Henry James, 1947
*The Complete Plays of Henry James, 1949
*The Painter's Eye: Notes and Essays on the Pictorial Arts, 1956
*Henry James: A Life in Letters, 1999
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