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The American: Revised Edition (Penguin Classics)

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Christopher Newman, a 'self-made' American millionaire in France, falls in love with the beautiful aristocratic Claire de Bellegarde. Her family, however, taken aback by his brash American manner, rejects his proposal of marriage. When Newman discovers a guilty secret in the Bellegardes' past, he confronts a moral dilemma: Should he expose them and thus gain his revenge? James's masterly early work is at once a social comedy, a melodramatic romance and a realistic novel of manners.

Synopsis:

A novel, first published in 1877, which follows a wealthy American gentleman who falls in love with a widow of noble birth whilst on a trip to Paris, unaware of the troubles that lie ahead of him. From the author of THE WINGS OF A DOVE, THE TURN OF THE SCREW, BOSTONIANS and THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY.

About the Author

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.

William C. Spengemann is the Hale Professor in Arts and Sciences and Professor of English Emeritus at Dartmouth College. He edited the Penguin Classics edition of Nineteenth-Century American Poetry.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140390827
Author:
James, Henry
Author:
Spengemann, William C.
Author:
Spengemann, William
Author:
Henry, James
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
American
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Paris
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Courtship
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Penguin Books for English: Literature & Creative Writing
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
19811231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
7.78x5.06x.91 in. .73 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , A novel, first published in 1877, which follows a wealthy American gentleman who falls in love with a widow of noble birth whilst on a trip to Paris, unaware of the troubles that lie ahead of him. From the author of THE WINGS OF A DOVE, THE TURN OF THE SCREW, BOSTONIANS and THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY.
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