The Europeans: A Sketch

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Tony Tanner, Patricia Crick
Penguin, 1985 - Fiction - 203 pages
13 Reviews
Eugenia, Baroness Munster, wife of a German princeling who wishes to be rid of her, crosses the ocean with her brother Felix to seek out their American relatives. Their voyage is prompted - so Eugenia says - by natural affection; but the Baroness has also come to seek her fortune. The advent of these visitors is viewed by the Wentworths, in the suburbs of Boston, with wonder and some apprehension.
 

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User Review  - Sooj - Goodreads

As is so common with Henry James, the characters who serve as a catalyst to the plot are Americans raised in Europe. However, the set-up is unusual for James: these European Americans return to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maggie - Goodreads

It starts off a bit slow...it actually made me put it aside for a few weeks...but then it picks up. I quite liked it. People are saying it's too short but I think for the amount of plot it's about right. Worth reading if you're a fan of the author or even a Jane Austen fan. Read full review

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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.

Henry James (1843-1916), born in New York and eventually settling in England, wrote some twenty novels, many short stories, and a staggering number of letters. Geoffrey Moore was general editor for the works of Henry James in Penguin Classics. He died in 1999. Patricia Crick, one-time scholar of Girton College, Cambridge, is a teacher of modern languages.

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