Considered one of James’s most difficult works, The Sacred Fount centers on a nameless narrator and his obsessive attempts to discern the love relationships between various guests at a weekend getaway in the country, using only their looks and behavior. While readers and critics were equally baffled by the book when it was published, later critics have more kindly evaluated this experimental work.
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About the Author
Henry James (1843-1916) was born in America but after forty years in England became a British subject in 1915. A consummate prose stylist and innovator, possessed of acute psychological discernment, James took the art of the novel to rarefied heights in such masterworks as The Turn of the Screw, The Portrait of a Lady, and The Golden Bowl, helping to pioneer literary realism.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story, about a man at a gathering trying to describe the other guests personalities through conversational gossip. I gave it up in the first quarter of the story.