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By Henry James

Overview

Encompassing a interval of just about fifty years, the tales of Henry James signify the main impressive feat of sustained literary production nowa days. For sheer richness, style and depth, they've got no equivalent in fiction, allowing us to track the evolution of an exceptional author within the best aspect. This assortment reprints all of the significant tales including many unexpected yet both exciting items that light up their extra celebrated companions.

Volume 1 covers the interval from 1866 to 1891, the years during which James used to be evolving and perfecting his artwork as a storyteller. It comprises such famous masterpieces as “Daisy Miller,” ‘The Aspern Papers,” “The Siege of London,” and “The Lesson of the Master,” and lots of different stories during which James verified his favourite characters and occasions: the yank woman in Europe, the solitary observer, the social climber, the literary lion.

Contents of quantity 1

A Landscape-Painter
A gentle Man
A Passionate Pilgrim
The Madonna of the Future
Madame de Mauves
Benvolio
Daisy Miller: A Study
An foreign Episode
The Pension Beaurepas
The element of View
The Siege of London
Lady Barberina
The writer of "Beltraffio"
Louisa Pallant
The Aspern Papers
The Liar
The Lesson of the Master
The Patagonia
The Pupil
The Marriages
The Chaperon
Sir Edmund Orme

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