The Other House

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Arno Press, Jan 1, 1976 - Fiction - 388 pages
15 Reviews
The Other House is one of the most startling and disconcerting of James's novels. Written at the same time as such terse masterpieces as The Spoils of Poynton and What Maisie Knew, it is like them a story of a struggle for possession and of its devastating consequences. Three women seek in very different ways to secure the affections of one man, while he, in turn, tries to humor and please them all. In the middle of this contest of wills stands his unwitting and very vulnerable young daughter. The savage conclusion of The Other House makes it one of the most disturbing and memorable of Henry James's depiction of the evil that lies under the polished veneer of civilized life.

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User Review  - David Moulton - Goodreads

If you try and read every book by any author you're bound to run into a few duds; this is true even when the author was maybe the greatest novelist who ever lived. The Other House is mostly forgotten ... Read full review

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User Review  - Akshat Sharma - Goodreads

This is the worst thing that has happened to me, and I am in grad school. So here's the thing: I stick with Henry because, at the end of the day, he has a compelling story to tell, and his characters ... Read full review

About the author (1976)

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.

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