Roger Gard ed , Henry James: The Critical Heritage , London: A study of the short fiction , New York: Oxford University Press, Ruth Yeazell ed , Henry James: A Collection of Critical Essays , Longmans, She is rather reserved, but has a handsome young suitor. However, her father disapproves of him, seeing him as an opportunist and a fortune hunter.
There is a battle of wills — all conducted within the confines of their elegant New York town house.
Who wins out in the end? You will probably be surprised by the outcome. An elderly lady, ex-lover of the writer, seeks a husband for her daughter. But the potential purchaser of the papers is a dedicated bachelor. Money is also at stake — but of course not discussed overtly. There is a refined battle of wills between them. Who will win in the end? As usual, James keeps the reader guessing. The novella is a masterpiece of subtle narration, with an ironic twist in its outcome.
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But things do not go quite according to plan. There are some very witty social ironies, and a contest of wills which matches nouveau-riche greed against high principles.
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Also includes his autobiographies, plays, and literary criticism — with illustrations. The Ladder — a Henry James website A collection of eTexts of the tales, novels, plays, and prefaces — with links to available free eTexts at Project Gutenberg and elsewhere. A Hyper-Concordance to the Works Japanese-based online research tool that locates the use of any word or phrase in context. Find that illusive quotable phrase. The Henry James Resource Center A web site with biography, bibliographies, adaptations, archival resources, suggested reading, and recent scholarship.
Online Books Page A collection of online texts, including novels, stories, travel writing, literary criticism, and letters. The Complete Letters Archive of the complete correspondence work in progress — published by the University of Nebraska Press. Henry James — The Complete Tales Tutorials on the complete collection of over one hundred tales, novellas, and short stories.
More tales by James More on literature More on the novella More on literary studies More on short stories. Your email address will not be published. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Walter Sickert Nona Vincent — critical comment At the time of writing this tale Henry James was in the midst of his own theatrical ambitions, writing plays in the hope of creating a name for himself as a major dramatist.
It is difficult not to be disappointed with the several 2 and 3 star ratings for this very fine and nuanced short story. Many readers and reviewers offer the mis-impression that the story is all about the theater and the production of a play in the time of James and in the place of London. Yet for the discriminating, say, close reader, these comprise only the window-dressing. The story is a far more complex, keenly nuanced tale of the loves of three people and how their loves, the young man for It is difficult not to be disappointed with the several 2 and 3 star ratings for this very fine and nuanced short story.
The story is a far more complex, keenly nuanced tale of the loves of three people and how their loves, the young man for two women, the two women for the young man, play themselves out.
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