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The Ambassadors (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1420928546
ISBN-13: 9781420928549
Sku: 204547262
Publish Date: 4/30/2007
Pages:  252
Age Range:  NA
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Strether's first question, when he reached the hotel, was about his friend: yet on his learning that Waymarsh was apparently not to arrive till evening he was not wholly disconcerted. (from the first line)
One of Henry James''s masterpieces, "The Ambassadors" is the story of Lewis Lambert Strether who travels to Europe to find the supposedly wayward son of his widowed fianc e. With the intent of bringing back the young man and into the family business, Strether encounters many unexpected complications along the way.
One of the themes to which Henry James spent most of his publishing career returning, the tug of influence between America and continental Europe, is the central matter of THE AMBASSADORS. Sent by his fiancée to seek her son who has run away with an entrancing Parisian woman, Lambert Strether finds himself nearly as bewitched by the culture and women of Europe as his would-be son-in-law. Strether gets chased or dragged across provincial France by a slew of influences intent either on drawing the pair of bachelors home to Boston or showing him the world, and winds up testing his patience along with his own illusions.
Author Bio
Henry James
Henry James was born into a wealthy Irish-American family who settled mainly in New York City's Greenwich Village and in Albany, New York, but lived and traveled extensively in Europe while Henry was growing up. Educated at a variety of schools in the U.S. and abroad, Henry spent a year at Harvard Law School, which he loathed, and used his time haunting the library and attending James Russell Lowell's lectures at Harvard College. Soon after, he began publishing short stories and reviews. When he was in his late teens, he spent much of his time on his own in Europe--chiefly England, France, and (his favorite) Italy--and, as he approached his 30s he became a virtual resident of Europe, returning to the U.S. only for brief periods. James became increasingly successful, wealthy, and respected as a writer of fiction and as a critic; his brilliantly insightful prefaces to his novels have influenced many writers. His attempts to write plays were all sad failures: To be a successful dramatist was a lifelong dream for James, but he seemed to lack the ability to dramatize action anywhere but on the printed page. In 1896 he settled at Lamb House, in Sussex, where he lived until his death in 1916. Reactions to James's work range from scorn and impatience (H. G. Wells called him "a hippopotamus resolved at any cost...upon picking up a pea") to reverence. Despite his increasing mannered and challenging style, James's work endures as great literature because of his humane sensibility, his insight into American and European culture, his moral clarity, his delicate wit, and the lucid subtlety of his language.


'If one starts selecting from James there is no end; it is like choosing an Alp; he dominates the Anglo-American scene for fifty years. The 'Ambassadors; is one of his few novels in which European values are clearly show as preferable to American....Besides being his supreme offering to Paris, his renunciation of Puritian America, it is a book in which he considered the form most completely weeded to the content." - Cyril Connolly

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