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The American (Paperback)

Author:  Henry James
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1406864293
ISBN-13: 9781406864298
Sku: 210628027
Publish Date: 2/13/2012
Pages:  264
Age Range:  NA
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On a brilliant day in May, in the year 1868, a gentleman was reclining at his ease on the great circular divan which at that period occupied the centre of the Salon Carre, in the Museum of the Louvre. This commodious ottoman has since been removed, to the extreme regret of all weak-kneed lovers of the fine arts, but the gentleman in question had taken serene possession of its softest spot, and, with his head thrown back and his legs outstretched, was staring at Murillo's beautiful moon-borne Madonna in profound enjoyment of his posture. (from the first line)
M. Nioche wore a glossy wig of an unnatural color which overhung his little meek white vacant face and left it hardly more expressive than the unfeatured block upon which these articles are displayed in the barber''s window.
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In THE AMERICAN, a brash and wealthy American named Christopher Newman, a veteran of the Civil War, goes to Paris in search of an aristocratic wife. He falls in love with the widowed Claire de Cintr (ne Bellegarde), whose ruthless, snobbish mother and older brother refuse to allow them to marry. Another family member tells Newman a family secret that he can use to force the Bellegardes to agree to the marriage, but he is too upright to do so. This early novel (1877) is one of Henry James's more accessible works, and his detailed, analytical, and always engaging view of American innocence as if succumbs to the jaded and cynical sophistication of the Old World makes for a highly enjoyable story.
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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.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0264
Product attributePublisher:   Echo Library
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