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Henry James led a wandering lifestyles, which took him faraway from his local seashores, yet he persisted to consider manhattan urban, the place his family members had settled for a number of years in the course of his youth, as his native land. the following Colm Tóibín, the writer of the fellow Booker Prize–shortlisted novel The Master, a portrait of Henry James, brings jointly for the 1st time the entire tales that James set in manhattan urban. Written over the process James's profession and varying from the deliciously tart comedy of the early "An foreign Episode" to the surreal and haunted corridors of "The Jolly Corner," and together with "Washington Square", the poignant novella thought of by means of many (though now not, because it occurs, by way of the writer himself) to be certainly one of James's most interesting achievements, the 9 fictions accumulated the following replicate James's various abilities and pursuits in addition to the deep and abiding preoccupations of his mind's eye. And during the ebook, as Tóibín's interesting advent demonstrates, we see James suffering to make feel of a urban in whose swiftly altering outlines he discerned either a lot that he remembered and held pricey in addition to every thing approximately the US and its destiny that he dreaded most.

Stories included:
The tale of a Masterpiece
A such a lot remarkable Case
Crawford's Consistency
An foreign Episode
The Impressions of a Cousin
The Jolly Corner
Washington Square
Crapy Cornelia
A around of Visits

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