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ISBN13: 9780140432978
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Nanda Brookenham is 'coming out' in London society. Thrust suddenly into the vicious, immoral circle that has gathered round her mother, she even finds herself in competition with Mrs Brookenham for the affection of the man she admires. Light and ironic in its touch, The Awkward Age nevertheless analyzes the English character with great subtlety.

The Awkward Age, which has been much praised for its natural dialogue and the delicacy of feeling it conveys, exemplifies Conrad's remark that James 'is never in deep gloom or in violent sunshine. But he feels deeply and vividly every delicate shade.'

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London society takes its toll on a young girl unprepared for the corruptions of the "coming out" season.

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Henry James had arrived at such mastery of the forms and uses of fiction by the time he published The Awkward Age in 1899 that this story of a young girl introduced into a casually corrupt circle of sophisticates is at once a universal drama of innocence confronting evil, a detailed examination of a social order, and a stunning picture of a civilization in crisis.

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Henry James (1843-1916), born in New York City, was the son of noted religious philosopher Henry James, Sr., and brother of eminent psychologist and philosopher William James. He spent his early life in America and studied in Geneva, London and Paris during his adolescence to gain the worldly experience so prized by his father. He lived in Newport, went briefly to Harvard Law School, and in 1864 began to contribute both criticism and tales to magazines.

In 1869, and then in 1872-74, he paid visits to Europe and began his first novel, Roderick Hudson. Late in 1875 he settled in Paris, where he met Turgenev, Flaubert, and Zola, and wrote The American (1877). In December 1876 he moved to London, where two years later he achieved international fame with Daisy Miller. Other famous works include Washington Square (1880), The Portrait of a Lady (1881), The Princess Casamassima (1886), The Aspern Papers (1888), The Turn of the Screw (1898), and three large novels of the new century, The Wings of the Dove (1902), The Ambassadors (1903) and The Golden Bowl (1904). In 1905 he revisited the United States and wrote The American Scene (1907).

During his career he also wrote many works of criticism and travel. Although old and ailing, he threw himself into war work in 1914, and in 1915, a few months before his death, he became a British subject. In 1916 King George V conferred the Order of Merit on him. He died in London in February 1916.

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lukas, November 11, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
Henry James was acclaimed, but never popular or loved and in the late 1800s, in a Quixotic move, he decided he'd have a better shot at making money and reaching a wider audience by writing plays. It was not to be. His play "Guy Domville" flopped and James was booed on stage. To add insult to injury, his rival (it was a one sided rivalry) Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" was the next play the company would stage and it, of course, was a rousing success. His failure and recovery is detailed in David Lodge's engaging novel "Author, Author." While lesser authors may have simply retreated, James launched one of the most extraordinary late careers of any novelist, writing such dense and difficult works as "The Golden Bowl," "What Maisie Knew," and "The Ambassadors." Favoring irony and ambiguity over traditional themes and narratives and offering a deep exploration of human consciousness (his brother William coined the term "stream of consciousness"), James forged a new kind of novel and laid the groundwork for the modern novel. This is an interesting transition work, as it relies heavily on dialogue (perhaps a holdover from his drama years) and doesn't feel as coherent or fully realized as his more impressive late novels. Not for the James novice.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140432978
Editor:
Blythe, Ronald
Notes by:
Crick, Patricia
Editor:
Blythe, Ronald
Author:
James, Henry
Author:
Blythe, Ronald
Author:
Crick, Patricia
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Penguin classics
Series Volume:
no. 184
Publication Date:
19871031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.90x5.12x.38 in. .63 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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