Henry James

Henry James

Henry James, OM (1843–1916(1916-02-28)) was an American-born writer, regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism. He was the son of Henry James, Sr., a clergyman, and the brother of philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James.

James spent the last 40 years of his life in England, becoming a British subject in 1915, one year before his death. He is primarily known for the series of novels in which he portrays the encounter of Americans with Europe and Europeans. His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allows him to explore issues related to consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting.

James contributed significantly to literary criticism, particularly in his insistence that writers be allowed the greatest possible freedom in presenting their view of the world. James claimed that a text must first and foremost be realistic and contain a representation of life that is recognizable to its readers. Good novels, to James, show life in action and are most importantly, interesting. The concept of a good or bad novel is judged solely upon whether the author is good or bad. His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and possibly unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to narrative fiction. An extraordinarily productive writer, in addition to his voluminous works of fiction he published articles and books of travel, 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.

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Speculative Fiction Novels (11)
2010  The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories
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2009  The Collected Supernatural and Weird Fiction of Henry James: Volume 1 (The Collected Supernatural and Weird Fiction of Henry James, #1)
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2009  The Collected Supernatural and Weird Fiction of Henry James: Volume 2 (The Collected Supernatural and Weird Fiction of Henry James, #2)
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2009  The Collected Supernatural and Weird Fiction of Henry James: Volume 3 (The Collected Supernatural and Weird Fiction of Henry James, #3)
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2009  The Collected Supernatural and Weird Fiction of Henry James: Volume 4 (The Collected Supernatural and Weird Fiction of Henry James, #4)
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2007  The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories
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2006  The Sense of the Past: The Ghostly Stories of Henry James
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2001  Ghost Stories of Henry James
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1989  Ghostly Tales
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1948  The Ghostly Tales of Henry James
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1898  The Turn of the Screw
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