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'A very modern story about aimless lives and messy marriages' Paul Theroux
Henry James was born on 15 April 1843 in New York to a wealthy and intellectual family and as a youth travelled widely and studied in Europe. He briefly studied law at Harvard before he took up writing full-time. His first novel, Watch and Ward, was published in 1871 and many followed including Roderick Hudson (1875), Portrait of a Lady (1881), The Awkward Age (1899), The Wings of the Dove (1902), The Ambassadors (1903) and The Golden Bowl (1904). He also wrote short stories, reviews, biographies, plays and travel books.After a brief period in Paris, James moved to London.He later settled in Rye in Sussex and became a British citizen in 1915. Henry James died on 28 February 1916.
"James' finest working of his preoccupation with the theme of innocence corrupted... James is the master of making what is not said the most important thing on the page" -- Kate Atkinson "A brilliant social comedy seen wholly from a child's point of view, this is a dazzling technical feat that, as always with James, deepens as it develops - like the life of the child herself. An exhilarating prelude to the great novels of his famous late phase" -- Alan Hollinghurst * New York Times * "Contains some of his best comedy and some of his most melancholy insights...embodies everything that James excelled at in fiction" -- Paul Theroux "Henry James is as solitary in the history of the novel as Shakespeare is in the history of poetry" -- Graham Greene "Perfect" -- F. R. Leavis