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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Konemann UK Ltd; New edition edition (1 Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3895082317
  • ISBN-13: 978-3895082313
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 12.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,465,443 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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"A most wonderful, lurid, poisonous little tale" (Oscar Wilde)

"It really does turn your blood cold" (Colm Tóibín)

"Technically, he is extraordinarily brilliant, and stylistically he's wonderful" (David Lodge)

"Henry James is as solitary in the history of the novel as Shakespeare is in the history of poetry" (Graham Greene)

"[James] is the most intelligent man of his generation" (T. S. Eliot) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The famous and terrifying story in an edition which includes a unique selection of Henry James's ghost stories --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Jun. 2008
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Unlike some of the other reviewers here I still think this is the creepiest book I've ever read, and all the more terrifying for the fact that James never articulates what's going on - he simply leaves your imagination to float free and conjure up all your worse nightmares. Yes, he's never an easy read (though this is far more accessible than Wings of the Dove, The Golden Bowl etc) but I think his very stately, mannered sentences and diction actually add to the horror of the story. Don't read this if you're expecting Stephen King or The Exorcist - James expects his readers to make the effort to read properly. Someone called this (possibly James himself?)'the most poisonous little tale I could imagine' and I think that's a perfect description - when I re-read it, it was on the tube with bright lights and lots of people around as I couldn't face reading it at home alone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pip on 17 Sept. 2012
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Only just started to read the story but it feels chilling. The speed which you can get the books from kindle is brilliant.
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By Lwcus on 4 Jun. 2014
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Convoluted sentences that are to be expected - not necessarily an easy read, but very gripping and enjoyable. I recommend. I also love the ambiguity of the sentence structures and how they can mean different things, which only adds to the delightful confusion over what actually goes/went on.
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By Robert thrower on 19 Aug. 2014
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I found this a difficult read, you really need to concentrate on the the text and sometimes read several times to understand. Not a good book to read unless you can find a quiet space.
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