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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions (5 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840220708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840220704
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henry James was born in 1843 in Washington Place, New York, of Scottish and Irish ancestry. His father was a prominent theologian and philosopher and his elder brother, William, is also famous as a philosopher. He attended schools in New York and later in London, Paris and Geneva, entering the Law School at Harvard in 1862. In 1865 he began to contribute reviews and short stories to American journals. In 1875, after two prior visits to Europe, he settled for a year in Paris, where he met Flaubert, Turgenev and other literary figures. However, the next year he moved to London, where he became so popular in society that in the winter of 1878-9 he confessed to accepting 107 invitations. In 1898 he left London and went to live at Lamb House, Rye, Sussex. Henry James became a naturalized citizen in 1915, was awarded the Order of Merit and died in 1916.

In addition to many short stories, plays, books of criticism, autobiography and travel, he wrote some twenty novels, the first published being Roderick Hudson (1875). They include The Europeans, Washington Square, The Portrait of a Lady, The Bostonians, The Princess Casamassima, The Tragic Muse, The Spoils of Poynton, The Awkward Age, The Wings of the Dove, The Ambassadors and The Golden Bowl.


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Henry James (1843-1916) was born in New York and had an unconventional childhood, being educated in a variety of schools and living with his family mostly in hotels in England, France and Switzerland. He spent a term at Harvard Law School in 1862, before embarking on his career as a writer and continuing to travel extensively. He was naturalised as a British subject in 1915. James wrote twenty novels, innumerable short stories, many works of criticism or description, a number of plays and two excellent pieces of biography. He is most noted for his methodical construction, individual style, and careful characterisation.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Good Book Fan on 7 Nov. 2008
Format: Paperback
I love Wordsworth's Mystery & Supernatural Classics. However, sometimes they do let themselves down by poor proof reading. The blurb on the back of the book refers to a story called "The Jolly Gardener", when the story is actually called "The Jolly Corner." The spine of the book gives the title as "The Ghost Storties of Henry James."
Once you get inside the book things change. "The Turn of the Screw" is always essential reading and a tale that gets better each time you read. Don't read it just once, as that can leave you feeling dissapointed. I must have read it five times over twenty years and each time I see something different and my views of the main characters change.
The rest of the collection is not up to the same standard, but "the Ghostly Rental" creates an effective atmosphere and "Owen Wingrave" and "Sir Edmund Orme" are well worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dovergirl on 12 April 2013
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There is a reason why Henry James is revered in this genre. He's good at it. You care about the characters, you envy his eloquence and the stories are genuinely creepy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Bruce on 3 Feb. 2010
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My copy has been trimmed really badly so the cover is shorter than the internal pages. 'Stories' has been spelt incorrectly on the spine (as 'Storties') and the proofreading on the back cover blurb isn't great - some stories' titles have been written incorrectly. I'd suggest spending a couple of quid more on a decent edition!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Mahoney on 6 Jun. 2013
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I'm normally quite happy to tackle'difficult' works from the Victorian and Edwardian periods but I was relieved to get to the end of this collection without dying of boredom.
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Classic Horror 3 Jan. 2014
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I adore Henry James and this collection doesn't disappoint. He treads the line between psychological and visceral horror with skill.
Can't go wrong with Henry James! 1 Mar. 2015
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If you are a fan of Victorian Literature and spooky shadows that haunt you in the middle of a star less , foggy night , then don't look any further. You won't regret it.
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