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Select Works of Henry James (6 vols.)

Overview

In the nineteenth century, Henry James was one of the biggest proponents of literary realism. To James, nothing was more captivating than an authentic character. As a literary critic, James believed the weight of writing a good or a bad novel hinged solely on the author’s ability to write. As an author, James utilized a masterful understanding of point of view, interior monologue, and realistic dialogue to create stunningly real characters and representations of life.

The Select Works of Henry James contains six of James’ best-known novels, including The Portrait of a Lady, The American, The Europeans, What Maisie Knew, Roderick Hudson, and The Golden Bowl. Each of these works immerses the reader in a world crafted from the reality of nineteenth-century life. Lovers of literature will appreciate these classic works.

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Key Features

  • Six novels by Henry James
  • Nineteenth-century literary realism at its finest
  • Cultural critiques from a variety of points of view

Praise for the Author

Did you ever read Henry James? He was a great writer who came to Venice and looked out the window and smoked his cigar and thought.

—Ernest Hemmingway, recipient, 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature

. . . Mr. James shows remarkable insight into character and the obscure workings of human motives, singular power of analysis combined with a strikingly picturesque imagination, that ‘sweetness and light’ which belong to true culture, and wonderful mastery of style.

The Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature

Mr. James’ talent as a novelist lies in a broad, rich style, in brilliant colloquy, and in a rare faculty for making impossibly sumptuous characters, electric in their intense vitality.

Chicago Tribune

Mr. Henry James, Jr., inherits from his father a diction so rich and pure, so fluent and copious, so finely shaded yet capable of such varied service, that it is, in itself, a form of genious. Few men have ever been so brilliantly equipped for literary performance.

New York Tribune

Product Details

  • Title: Select Works of Henry James
  • Author: Henry James
  • Volumes: 6
  • Pages: 3,146
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The Portrait of a Lady

  • Author: Henry James
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1921
  • Pages: 760

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The Portrait of a Lady tells the story of a young American woman named Isabel Archer. Isabel inherits a fortune and then falls victim to the schemes of two American expatriates. The novel is considered James’ masterpiece, and remains his most popular work of fiction.

. . . its opening chords, quiet as they are, have almost no match in English-speaking literature.

The New Yorker

The American

  • Author: Henry James
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
  • Publication Date: 1907
  • Pages: 540

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The American follows an American businessman as he tours Europe in search of a world unlike his own. He discovers the Europe’ raw nature, and begins courting a young widow from an aristocratic family. The American is a blend of comedy and drama, and it’s one of James’ most accessible novels for modern readers.

We overlook the occasional lapses of dramatic consistency, while listening to conversation so brilliant, so subtle, and so abundant in finely-contrasted touches of character. Herein Mr. James is easily a master. In the descriptive passages, also, he is never at fault: he knows so well what to paint, that he rarely misses a stroke.

New York Tribune

The Europeans

  • Author: Henry James
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1921
  • Pages: 209

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The Europeans portrays the comedic contrast between a pair of Europeans and the American relatives they visit in New England.

This small book, written so early in James’ career, is a masterpiece of major quality.

—Frank Raymond Leavis, twentieth-century literary critic

It is an extremely clever book, and a book withal that is readable from first line to last. . . . it is a piece of work so capable and original, so vigorous, and to a certain point so telling, as to be worthy of equal praise and study.

Academy

What Maisie Knew

  • Author: Henry James
  • Publisher: Herbert S. Stone & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1897
  • Pages: 470

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What Maisie Knew follows the life of Maisie from early childhood to maturity. The story criticizes the decadence James observed in English society, portraying a completely dysfunctional family.

The story has a symmetry so simple and so complete that the admiration of it lulls the reader into a mood of wonder and credulity . . .

The Child Figure in English Literature

Roderick Hudson

  • Author: Henry James
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
  • Publication Date: 1917
  • Pages: 527

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Roderick Hudson is a coming-of-age story that follows the title character’s journey as an aspiring sculptor. Rowland Mallet discovers Hudson’s talent and becomes his benefactor, taking him to Italy, where he is exposed to and overcome by the world of beauty and art.

Not even Hawthorne reproduces more faithfully the sentiment and glamour of Rome; and we know of no work which impresses the reader more forcibly with the illusion of locality.

The Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature

As a specimen of ingenious and sustained psychological analysis, Mr. Henry James, Jr.’s, Roderick Hudson is a wonderful production.

Appleton’s Journal

The Golden Bowl

  • Author: Henry James
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1904
  • Pages: 640

The Golden Bowl focuses on the web of interconnected relationships between four central characters. The golden bowl of the title triggers Maggie’s discovery of the adulterous relationship between her husband, and her childhood best friend, who is also her father’s new wife.

. . . in many ways the most striking of [James’] novels.

Putnam’s Magazine

About Henry James

Henry James (1843–1916) was a British writer born in America, and one of the major proponents of nineteenth-century literary realism. James made significant contributions to literary criticism, advocating for the removal of restrictive parameters on writers, while placing the burden of producing good literature solely on a writer’s ability. James wrote over 20 novels, dozens of short stories and novellas, and numerous works of nonfiction. Towards the end of his life, James revised many of his novels and republished them in what he called New York Edition. His other works include The Art of the Novel, “A Passionate Pilgrim,” Confidence, and The Outcry.

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