Henry James left America for England in 1876 and remained in his adopted country for the next three decades. Arriving in Liverpool, he made his way first to London, the “dreadful, delightful city” that he would come to both love and hate. James reveled in the exoticism and immensity of all that was unknown to him, and his writing spills over with youthful excitement, humor, and vivid descriptions of the people, landscapes, towns, and cities he encountered. He later set out to explore the English countryside: Chester, Warwick, Devon, Wells, Salisbury, Suffolk, and Rye, where he eventually settled, bought Lamb House, and wrote prolifically—producing some of his finest works, including What Maisie Knew, The Wings of the Dove, The Golden Bowl, and The Middle Years
About the Author
Henry James (1843-1916) was an iconic figure of nineteenth century literature. Among his many masterpieces are The Portrait of a Lady, The Bostonians, The Europeans, The Golden Bowl, and Washington Square. As well as fiction, James produced several works of travel literature and biography, and was one of the great letter writers of any age. A contemporary and friend of Robert Louis Stevenson, Edith Wharton, and Joseph Conrad, James continues to exert a major influence on generations of novelists and writers.
Date of Birth:April 15, 1843
Date of Death:February 28, 1916
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Place of Death:London, England
Education:Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63