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  • Catherine is well on her way to becoming a spinster. She's 21 and part of New York's upper-class society, but she has never had a flirt and is plain-looking without the sparkling personality to make up for it. Or so her father thinks. Because when the handsome Mr. Morris Townsend catches her eye, Catherine falls head over heels in love with him. But does Townsend really like her back, or does he just like all the money she is set to inherit? Based on a true story as told to him by a friend, `Washington Square' (1880) is probably Henry James' most accessible novel. Fans of Jane Austen will definitely like this.

  • `What Maise Knew' (1897) should perhaps have been titled `Divorce for Dummies` instead. In this tense and clever novel, Henry James lays out with perfect clarity what not to do when your child becomes one of divorce, as in do the absolute opposite of everything Maise's parents do. Shuttled back and forth between her selfish mother and her vain father, Maise becomes a weapon in her parents' battle, a way for them to intensify their hatred of each other. Like Charles Dickens before him, Henry James seems to have been more invested in child welfare issues than most, and much of this story still rings true today. In 2012 it became a movie, set in the same year, with Julianne Moore and Alexander Skarsgård in leading roles.

  • Christopher Newman, a somewhat awkward but well-meaning American businessman traveling in Europe for the first time, meets and falls in love with the aristocratic young widow Claire de Bellegarde. But her French family does not like his American ways and oppose his offer of marriage. When he discovers a dirty family secret, however, the tables are suddenly turned. But what should he do with upper hand? Despite being one of Henry James earliest works, `The American' (1877) flows more like a contemporary novel than his later work, mixing social comedy and melodrama to perfection.

  • Originally published in 1875 as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly, Roderick Hudson is a One has the money but not the talent. One has the talent but not the money. It would seem that Rowland Mallet and Roderick Hudson were meant to meet. A rich and sensible man, Rowland is ecstatic when Roderick, a beautiful but somewhat selfish sculptor, accepts his offer of joining him in Rome for two years to develop his artistic talents. To complicate matters, however, Rowland has fallen in love for the first time right before their departure and did not get a chance to express his feelings. But, as it turns out, he may never get to, because Roderick has just asked the same woman to marry him. Influenced, as he was, by Nathaniel Hawthorne in this early period, Henry James' wrote `Roderick Hudson' (1879) in a much more accessible way than his later novels. In fact, this is perfect for the contemporary literature fan with an interest in good love stories and clever character development.
    that traces the development of the title character, a sculptor. Roderick Hudson is James's first important novel. The theme of Americans in Europe, so important in much of James's work, is already central to the story. Hudson is a young law student in Northampton, Massachusetts, who shows such surprising ability as a sculptor that the rich Rowland Mallett, visiting a cousin in Northampton, decides to stake him to several years of study in Rome, then a center of expatriate American society. The story has to do not only with Roderick's growth as an artist and the problems it brings, but also as a man susceptible to his new environment, and indeed his occasional rivalries with his American friend and patron.

  • Christopher Newman, un benestante uomo d'affari americano un po' goffo ma ben intenzionato, sta viaggiando in Europa per la prima volta. Un giorno, incontra e si innamora perdutamente dell'aristocratica giovane vedova Claire de Bellegarde. La famiglia francese di Claire, però, non ama i modi americani di Christopher e si oppone alla sua offerta di matrimonio. Ma quando l'americano scopre uno sporco segreto di famiglia la situazione si ribalta all'improvviso. Cosa succederà?



    Henry James (1843-1916) è stato un autore americano. Già da giovane considerato uno più abili scrittori di racconti brevi del suo tempo, James è passato alla storia per aver scritto opere classiche come Daisy Miller (1878) e Ritratto di signora (1881), quest'ultimo adattato anche nell'omonimo film con Nicole Kidman e John Malkovich.

    Avendo trascorso gran parte della sua vita in Europa, James divenne cittadino britannico poco prima di morire.

  • "...her singularity took the form of a charm which-once circumstances had made them so intimate-it was impossible to resist or conjure away."

    The beautiful New Yorker, Georgina Gressie, causes distress to her rich family when she announces that she wishes to marry Raymond Benyon, a penniless navy lieutenant. They marry secretly and have a child which she gives to an Italian woman during a trip to Europe... Georgina then proceeds to marry another man. But why?

    Discover Georgina's reasons behind her peculiar actions in this romance novel, full of plot twists and unexpected turns.

  • 'The Tree of Knowledge' tells the story of Morgan Mallow, a talntless sculptor and his friend, Peter Brench. Peter wants to keep his friend's wife and son from discovering Morgan's lack of talent by convincing the mother not to send the boy to Paris to study art. Peter Brench ends up losing his innocence, his illusions, through an experience with his godson, Lancelot Mallow.

    At the core of the story is the idea of an educationthe power of knowledge which can destroy all convenient illusions. The narrative refers to the Biblical Tree of Knowledge from which Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit.

  • What is the true American identity?

    This question, still relevant today, was a core issue in the 19th century art and literature. In "Point of View", Henry James is searching for an answer deep into the hearts and minds of his characters. By bringing together the enthusiasm of a young woman, the fear of an over-protective mother or the boredom of an upper class snob, James constructs a complex picture to which each one of us can relate...

  • What can destroy sisterly love faster than a love triangle?

    "The Romance of Certain Old Clothes" tells the story of two sisters: Viola and Perdita, described as equally beautiful. Both women fall in love with Mr. Arthur Lloyd, who then must choose between them. The sisters vow not to be angry at his choice but after Lloyd chooses Perdita, Viola falls into jealousy and depression. Discover what is she ready to do to win the man of her heart in this story of dramatic rivalry.



    Henry James (1843 - 1916) is regarded one of the greatest novelists in the English language. Born in the United States, but mainly living and working in Europe, he was largely occupied with the clash of personalities and cultures between the Old World and the New World. He explored this topic in his famous novels 'The Portrait of a Lady' and 'The Wings of the Dove'. James was thrice nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

  • Giro di vite

    Henry James

    Questo racconto dell'orrore di fine Ottocento può essere classificato come una storia di fantasmi. In Inghilterra, una giovane istitutrice accetta il compito di occuparsi di due bambini, Miles e Flora, in seguito alla morte della prima istitutrice. La donna si accorge sin da subito dell'alone di mistero che avvolge i due fanciulli e intende scoprire quale segreto si celi dietro a quella che apparentemente sembra un'intelligenza fuori dal comune. Finché una notte viene turbata dalla visione di due persone che non conosce, che appaiono e poi svaniscono senza lasciare traccia...
    Da questa novella dal sapore horror e gotico sono stati tratti numerosi drammi radiofonici e sceneggiati televisivi.



    Henry James (1843-1916) è stato un celebre scrittore e critico letterario statunitense naturalizzato britannico. I suoi scritti affrontano diverse tematiche, dalla condizione della donna al diritto di voto, fino al tema "internazionale", ovvero il conflitto tra la giovane America e la vecchia Europa, a cui si resta particolarmente fedele durante l'intera carriera. In questo contesto ricordiamo i romanzi "Ritratto di signora", "Gli americani" e "L'Europeo". La cospicua opera di Henry James si compone di circa venti romanzi e oltre cento racconti, tra cui il celebre "Il giro di vite".

  • One of James' most popular novellas, "The Aspern Papers" is based on the letters exchanged between the English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife's stepsister Claire Clermont. An unnamed narrator sets on a journey to discover some long-lost letters, reaches Venice, and then has to decide what to do with his mission and life at the same time. A philosophically and psychologically engaging tale, "The Aspern Papers" can be read as a detective novel, romance, and a tragedy. The author pays special attention to the characters' inner worlds, creating a compelling and intriguing tale, suitable for readers of James and short fiction alike.



    Henry James (1843 - 1916) is regarded one of the greatest novelists in the English language. Born in the United States, but mainly living and working in Europe, he was largely occupied with the clash of personalities and cultures between the Old World and the New World. He explored this topic in his famous novels 'The Portrait of a Lady' and 'The Wings of the Dove'. James was thrice nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

  • A governess is hired by a bachelor to take care of his nephew and niece. She has barely arrives at the house that she starts seeing ghosts and having other supernatural visions. She decides to share her frightening experience with the maid of the house, Mrs. Grose. The maid, however, is not surprised and tells the governess that the ghosts are those of Peter Quint and Miss Jessel.
    What are the ghosts doing in the house? Were Peter Quint and Miss Jessel murdered? Are they seek revenge? Will the governess stay in the house or will she run away?

    Find all the answers in Henry James' most famous ghost story "The Turn of the Screw" from 1898.

    B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere.

    Henry James (1843 - 1916) is regarded as being one of the greatest novelists in the English language. Born in the United States, he mostly lived and worked in Europe, and he was largely preoccupied with the clash of personalities and cultures between the Old World and the New World. He explored this topic in his famous novels "The Portrait of a Lady" and "The Wings of the Dove". James was thrice nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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