The Spoils of Poynton

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Digireads.com Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - Fiction
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"The Spoils of Poynton" is the tale of the widow Adela Gereth, an iron-willed woman of impeccable taste, and her conflicts with her son Owen over the antique furniture and art in the family home of Poynton. Told from the perspective of Fleda Vetch, a young woman caught between her love for Owen, who is engaged to another, and her concern for Mrs. Gereth. Originally serialized in "The Atlantic Monthly" in 1896 "The Spoils of Poynton" is ultimately a tragic tale of materialism.
 

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Only for fans of Henry James, really - if you're a newbie, then go for Portrait of a Lady or my favourite, Princess Casamassima. This is in typical later James style, but atypically there is not a ... Read full review

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How can a novel (ostensibly) about furniture be interesting? B/c it's about much more than that--it's about the people who own and want the furniture and the house where it belongs; this will require ... 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.

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