By Henry James
To learn a narrative by means of Henry James is to go into a completely learned international in contrast to any other--a wealthy, completely crafted area of bright language and luxurious, complicated characters. Devious teenagers, sparring fans, capricious American ladies, obtuse bachelors, sibylline spinsters, and fascinating Europeans populate those 5 attention-grabbing nouvelles, which symbolize the writer in either his early and past due stages. From the apparitions of evil that hang-out the governess in "The flip of the Screw" to the startling self-scrutiny of an egotistical guy in "The Beast within the Jungle," the mysterious turnings of human habit are coolly and masterfully observed--proving Henry James to be a grasp of mental perception in addition to one of many most interesting prose stylists of contemporary English literature.
The flip of the Screw
The Beast within the Jungle
The Jolly nook
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Inherited money is more desirable than riches got by the sweat of the brow or by recent grubby acquisition. The manufacture of shoe polish provides Mrs. Struthers with her tasteless costumes and arty entertainments. As for Julius Beaufort, who would he be were it not for the power of his extraordinary wealth? Wharton makes it perfectly clear that old New York was a commercial society, whatever its pretense to aristocracy. Only the van der Luydens, generous yet stiff with moral rectitude, can trace their line to Dutch heritage.
His romantic nature, crippled by honor, dictates that he cannot spend one illicit night with Ellen, never mind sell his soul to the devil. 舡 The story is not over: In a masterful final chapter the tone modulates once again, from the drama of entrapment to sympathetic reverie, from then to now. Many years later, Newland Archer reviews his life. Here Wharton舗s voice works in close to Newland舖s, becomes one with a self-assessment that is both personal and historical. In an age-old storyteller舗s device, she reveals the afterlife, what happened to her characters.
The Atlantic Monthly magazine publishes five of Wharton舗s poems. 1881 Henry James舗s novel Portrait of a Lady appears. 1882 Edith舗s father dies in the south of France. Edith and her mother return to the United States to find that Henry Stevens舗s mother disapproves of the engagement. It is broken off, and the Jones women return to France. 1883 While summering in Bar Harbor, Maine, Edith agrees to marry Edward Wharton, an independently wealthy sportsman from Massachusetts. 1885 Edith and Edward wed and over the next several years divide their time between Europe, New York, and Newport.
The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction by Henry James