By Henry James
Henry James led a wandering existence, which took him faraway from his local shorelines, yet he persisted to consider manhattan urban, the place his kin had settled for numerous years in the course of his early life, as his fatherland. right here Colm Tóibín, the writer of the fellow Booker Prize–shortlisted novel The Master, a portrait of Henry James, brings jointly for the 1st time the entire tales that James set in manhattan urban. Written over the process James's profession and varying from the deliciously tart comedy of the early "An overseas Episode" to the surreal and haunted corridors of "The Jolly Corner," and together with "Washington Square", the poignant novella thought of via many (though no longer, because it occurs, by way of the writer himself) to be considered one of James's most interesting achievements, the 9 fictions accumulated right here mirror James's assorted skills and pursuits in addition to the deep and abiding preoccupations of his mind's eye. And through the e-book, as Tóibín's attention-grabbing creation demonstrates, we see James suffering to make experience of a urban in whose swiftly altering outlines he discerned either a lot that he remembered and held expensive in addition to every thing approximately the United States and its destiny that he dreaded most.
The tale of a Masterpiece
A so much notable Case
An foreign Episode
The Impressions of a Cousin
The Jolly Corner
A around of Visits
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