The Golden Bowl

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Toby, 2004 - Fiction - 586 pages
James' controversial novel probes the mind of an American heiress as she becomes aware of the affair between her husband and her father's young wife.

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Henry James, American novelist and literary critic, was born in 1843 in New York City. Psychologist-philosopher William James was his brother. By the age of 18, he had lived in France, England, Switzerland, Germany, and New England. In 1876, he moved to London, having decided to live abroad permanently. James was a prolific writer; his writings include 22 novels, 113 tales, 15 plays, approximately 10 books of criticism, and 7 travel books. His best-known works include Daisy Miller, The Turn of the Screw, The Portrait of a Lady, The Ambassadors, and The American Scene. His works of fiction are elegant and articulate looks at Victorian society; while primarily set in genteel society, James subtlely explores class issues, sexual repression, and psychological distress. Henry James died in 1916 in London. The James Memorial Stone in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey, commemorates him.

Alide Cagidemetrio is professor of American Studies at the University of Venice. Her publications include Fictions of the Past: Hawthorne & Melville and essays on Cooper, James, Stein, Nabokov, Djuna Barnes. She is currently working on a book on the young girls of American fiction.

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