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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Medwin I'm not a James expert, but I think these stories are not among his best known.
They give you a good flavor or James' style, but I didn't find them to be particularly memorable. These include several short stories not found in other collections of James' works, and it's far less daunting than his longer works. One person found this helpful. From the content, book condition to delivery time, item price, I feel that all as good as or even better than i expected.
The following 28 pages are in this category, out of 28 total. This list R. The Real Right Thing · The Real Thing (story) · The Romance of Certain Old Clothes. Some Short Stories has 79 ratings and 12 reviews. I'm struck most by the last story 'Mrs Medwin', of how an American 'placing It was an ordeal to read, but two of the stories made it worthy of my trouble: Brooksmith and The Real Thing.
Knowing it is considered a classic author, I thought I'd give it a go and read something by him. I have read classic lit authors and enjoyed them, Trollope, Dickens, Joyce, Maugham and others and expected this to be similar. It was very different. James' style is very verbose and his sentences and thought seem to meander. I found myself re-reading portions to see if I understood what I had just read.
The plots were interesting but I will probably try and read another by him just to give him a fair chance, but based on this particular read Interesting to understand how Henrry James closely followed the Imperial enterprise. This is not a review of the Henry James stories collected in this volume, but merely a warning as to the quality of their proofing. The tale known everywhere else as "The Story in it" is here mistitled "The Story of it. A few nice passages and phrases.
Otherwise the Stories are v v hum drum. Probably won't read this author again. Henry James has some interesting stories to tell, but he is rather difficult to read.
If you'd like to help expand it, see the help pages and the style guide , or leave a comment on this work's talk page. James was effectively the first, and undoubtedly the greatest, writer of prose fiction to grasp and explore the possibilities of this subject, which continues to be of incalculable importance for the whole world. Was it his work, Longmore wondered, that made him so happy? Dictionary of Literary Biography, Gale, Volume Other critics have also picked up on Bartram's status as the character who knows the truth before Marcher, and some of these writers have devoted entire essays to a discussion of the function and effect of her characterization within the story. It is almost complete, omitting only some very early short stories, and the plays. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.
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Both stories are about courtship and marriage among the upper classes, but James observes their behaviour with a poised, amused detachment, using it to illustrate aspects of his international theme. These stories are written with elegance and wit, and display a mastery of dialogue that makes one understand why James later thought he could become a playwright, and wonder why he failed so dismally in the attempt.
There is no trace of the personal sexual anxieties which seem to underlie "Madame de Mauves".
Perhaps literary success had allayed them, and vindicated for James his choice of a celibate bachelor existence. As so often in James's work, "The Siege of London" is enhanced by the way the story unfolds through the consciousness of characters who are observers rather than protagonists: George Littlemore, a rich, idle, sardonic American, a widower in early middle age who seems to have had enough of marriage, and his younger compatriot, Rupert Waterville, a junior diplomat based in London.
Littlemore reveals that he was acquainted with Mrs Headway in the American south-west. Waterville, much impressed by her looks, asks him if she is "respectable"; Littlemore replies unambiguously that she is not. Mrs Headway, having tried unsuccessfully to shake off the reputation she acquired in her western career in New York, has come to try her luck in Europe, where she has attracted the interest of Sir Arthur, a handsome nonentity, who "went about looking very fresh and fair, as if he took a bath every hour or two".
She has hopes of marrying him.
The main narrative question is: It keeps the reader in a state of increasing suspense, as the action moves from France to England, and the efforts of Sir Arthur's mother to break up the match become more frantic. The character of Nancy Headway is presented entirely through her speech, body-language, and clothes which she takes several hours to put on. There is no need for us to have access to her private consciousness. She candidly admits what she is, and what she wants, to her American compatriots, who for their part seem hampered and repressed by the rigid code of "respectability" to which they subscribe there is a suggestion that Waterville is in love with "this shining, smiling, rustling, chattering daughter of the Territories" himself, but dare not admit it.
Nancy is a type of American woman that in real life James would have avoided like the plague, but he does her imaginative justice, and it is hard not to admire her spirit.
In this case it is a rich American man who takes his English bride back to America - with unhappy consequences. It is a comedy of manners, peopled with characters who have almost farcical names, but its conclusion has a sour flavour, especially for the hero, Jackson Lemon. He is a New York doctor who continues to practise medicine and engage in research although he possesses vast inherited wealth. This makes him a puzzle and a paradox to the English Lord and Lady Canterville, with whose daughter Barberina he falls in love.
There are other cultural differences which complicate his courtship. In America young people in good society are trusted to be alone together and thus able to get to know each other well before committing to marriage; Lady Barb as she is familiarly, and rather ominously known is hedged about with rules of decorum that practically forbid any intimacy until he has asked her father for her hand.
Nevertheless, in spite of these obstacles, in spite of the warnings of his compatriotic friends that Lady Barb will not adjust happily to life in America, and his own occasional misgivings, he accepts all conditions, determined to possess this physically perfect English rose. The beginning of Chapter V, set in New York, gives us an instant measure of the seriousness of his mistake:.
The tale opens with a picture - actually more like a motion-picture, avant la lettre - of society equestrians taking their exercise in London's Hyde Park, watched and admired by humbler and less athletic folk. They were the reason I finished the book. Jan 07, Karen rated it liked it. I used to love Henry James, but now find him depressing.
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He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death.
He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the encounter of America with Europe. His plots centered on personal relationships, the proper exercise of power in such relationships, and other moral questions. His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allowed him to explore the phenomena of consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting.
James insisted that writers in Great Britain and America should be allowed the greatest freedom possible in presenting their view of the world, as French authors were. His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to realistic fiction, and foreshadowed the modernist work of the twentieth century. An extraordinarily productive writer, in addition to his voluminous works of fiction he published articles and books of travel writing, biography, autobiography, and criticism,and wrote plays, some of which were performed during his lifetime with moderate success.
His theatrical work is thought to have profoundly influenced his later novels and tales. Books by Henry James. Trivia About Some Short Stories. No trivia or quizzes yet.