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Neither Edith Wharton nor E. M. Forster admired it, but Louis Auchincloss calls 'perhaps the greatest of Henry James's novels.­' Published in 1902, the novel represented something of a comeback for James, whose only 'bestseller,­' had appeared more than two decades earlier. Set amid the splendor of fashionable London drawing rooms and gilded Venetian palazzos, the story concerns a pair of lovers who conspire to obtain the fortune of a doomed American heiress. But the naïve young woman becomes both their victim and their redeemer in James's meticulously designed drama of treachery and self-­betrayal. 'It seems to me that I know the characters even more intimately than I know the characters in the earlier novels of his Balzac period,­' said Louis Auchincloss. ' represents the pinnacle of James's prose.­' This version is the definitive New York Edition, which appeared in 1907, together with the author's Preface.

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Daisy Miller and Winterbourne first meet in Vevey, Switzerland, where Winterbourne is vacationing from his alleged studies (although an attachment to an older lady is rumoured). They are introduced by Randolph Miller, Daisy's 9-­year old brother. Randolph considers their hometown of Schenectady, New York, to be absolutely superior to all of Europe. Daisy, however, is absolutely delighted with the continent, especially the high society which she wishes to enter. Winterbourne is at first confused by her attitude, although greatly impressed by her beauty, but soon determines that she is nothing more than a young flirt. He continues his pursuit of Daisy in spite of the disapproval of his snobbish aunt Mrs. Costello, who spurns any family with so close a relationship to their courier as the Millers have with their Eugenio. She also thinks Daisy is a shameless girl for agreeing to visit the Château de Chillon with Winterbourne after they have known each other for only half an hour. . . .

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pubOne.­info thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition. The story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently breathless, but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome, as, on Christmas Eve in an old house, a strange tale should essentially be, I remember no comment uttered till somebody happened to say that it was the only case he had met in which such a visitation had fallen on a child. The case, I may mention, was that of an apparition in just such an old house as had gathered us for the occasion— an appearance, of a dreadful kind, to a little boy sleeping in the room with his mother and waking her up in the terror of it; waking her not to dissipate his dread and soothe him to sleep again, but to encounter also, herself, before she had succeeded in doing so, the same sight that had shaken him. It was this observation that drew from Douglas— not immediately, but later in the evening— a reply that had the interesting consequence to which I . . .

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The second of James's three late masterpieces, was, in its author's opinion, "the best, all round, of my productions". Lambert Strether, a mild middle-­aged American of no particular achievements, is dispatched to Paris from the manufacturing empire of Woollett, Massachusetts. The mission conferred on him by his august patron, Mrs. Newsome, is to discover what, or who, is keeping her son Chad in the notorious city of pleasure, and to bring him home. But Strether finds Chad transformed by the influence of a remarkable woman; and as the Parisian spring advances, he himself succumbs to the allure of the 'vast bright Babylon' and to the mysterious charm of Madame de Vionnet.

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Henry James' comic short novel from 1878 follows the European siblings Eugenia Munster and Felix Young as they move to New England.

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This is the story of a daughter of divorced parents, Maisie - her feelings, triumphs and lows as she battles to come to terms with the end of her family, and the sillyness of her parents.

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'Washington Square is perhaps the only novel in which a man has successfully invaded the feminine field and produced work comparable to Jane Austen's,­' said Graham Greene.

Inspired by a story Henry James heard at a dinner party, Washington Square tells how the rakish but idle Morris Townsend tries to win the heart of heiress Catherine Sloper against the objections of her father. Precise and understated, the book endures as a matchless social study of New York in the mid-­nineteenth century.

'Washington Square has long been beloved by almost all readers,­' noted Louis Auchincloss. 'The chief beauty of the novel lies in its expression--­by background, characterization, and dialogue--­of its mild heroine's mood of long-­suffering patience. Everything is ordered, polite, still: the charming old square in the pre-­brownstone city, the small, innocent, decorous social gatherings, the formal good manners, the quaint reasonableness of the dialogues. . . ....

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Spirited, beautiful young American Isabel Archer journeys to Europe to, in modern terms, "find herself.­" But what she finds there may prove to be her undoing, especially when an infinitely sophisticated lady plots against her.

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(Cambridge World Classics) Critical Edition With Complete Unabridged Novel and Special PerfectLink (TM) Technology * Contains literary critiques, detailed biographies, and detailed historical context Ranked 26th on its list of the 100 best English-­language novels of the 20th century by the Modern Library, Henry James' masterpiece tells the story of Milly Theale, an American heiress stricken with a serious disease, and her impact on the people around her. Some of these people befriend Milly with honorable motives, while others are more self-­interested. Milly was based on Minny Temple (1845–1870), James' beloved cousin who died from tuberculosis. In his autobiography James said that The Wings of the Dove was his attempt to wrap her memory in the "beauty and dignity of art.­" This (Cambridge World Classics) is the only volume which contains the complete unabridged novel along with three bonus critical and biographical essays which examine, in depth, Henry James' life and literary . . .

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