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The Wings of the Dove (Paperback)

Author:  Henry/ Bloom James Introduction:  Amy Bloom
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0812972112
ISBN-13: 9780812972115
Sku: 36411750
Publish Date: 8/1/2004
Pages:  768
Age Range:  NA
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An incisive introduction by Amy Bloom, a preface by the author, and new endnotes complement the classic novel of romantic suspense, about a young couple, Kate Croy and her lover, journalist Merton Densher, who plan to extort money from a naive and trusting American heiress who is terminally ill. Reprint. *Author: James, Henry/ Bloom, Amy (INT) *Publication Date: 2004/08/01 *Number of Pages: 741 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.50 *Width: 4.50 *Height: 7.00
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Of the three late masterpieces that crown the extraordinary literary achievement of Henry James, The Wings of the Dove (1902) is at once the most personal and the most elemental. James drew on the memory of a beloved cousin who died young to create one of the three central characters, Milly Theale, an heiress with a short time to live and a passion for experiencing life to its fullest. To the creation of the other two, Merton Densher and the magnificent, predatory Kate Croy, who conspire in an act of deceit and betrayal, he brought a lifetime's distilled wisdom about the frailty of the human soul when it is trapped in the depths of need and desire. And he brought to the drama that unites these three characters, in the drawing rooms of London and on the storm-lit piazzas of Venice, a starkness and classical purity almost unprecedented in his work. Under its brilliant, coruscating surfaces, beyond the scrim of its marvelous rhetorical and psychological devices, The Wings of the Dove offers an unfettered vision of our civilization and its discontents. It represents a culmination of James's art and, as such, of the art of the novel itself.

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A portrait of wicked class cynicism and cruel love, THE WINGS OF THE DOVE imagines a young British couple in love but so desperate to marry wealthy that they dupe an ill American heiress into willing them her fortune. The classic illustration of blind ambition hinges on the double manipulation by which Kate Croy maneuvers her fiancé into pretending an affair with the dying Milly Theale, then convinces him to carry out extracting the inheritance. Though all three in turn come to face the betrayal, author Henry James deftly removes redemption from the plot in favor of exposing hypocrisy and weakness.
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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.


Twentieth-Century Literature
"[W]hat must surely be the most exhaustive attempt ever made of rendering the sensitivity or reflection of a tragic experience. It is the experience that matters; the aesthetic achievement is secondary....It is Milly's consciousness of her experience, and the consciousness of sin on the part of Kate and Densher, that make the novel great. It is an education, a growth of the moral sense in all involved, that is the 'reality' of the novel." - Joyce Carol Oates October 1964
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