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The Ambassadors (1903)
Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century (27)
Dennis Barlow: Through no wish of my own I
have become the protagonist of a Jamesian
Mr. Schultz: You know I don't have the time for reading.
Barlow: You don't have to read very much of
him. All his stories are about the same
Schultz: Thinks he can outsmart us, does he?
Barlow: James was the innocent American.
Schultz: Well, I've no time for guys running down their own folks.
-Evelyn Waugh (The Loved One)(see Orrin's review)
Lewis Lambert Strether, a middle-aged widower from Woollett, MA, has
Meanwhile, Strether has become enamored of Maria Gostrey & she of
him, but he
Strether: I must go...to be right.
Maria: To be right?
Strether: That you see, is my only logic. Not, out of the whole affair,
Maria: But, with your wonderful impressions you'll have got a great deal.
Strether: A great deal. But nothing like you. It's you who would make me wrong!
Thus Henry James.
What is there that a repressed (or closeted homosexual), who loathed his own country, has to tell us, that we need to hear? I think nothing. I sort of liked Turn of the Screw & I'll review it in lieu of The Golden Bowl & I'll give Wings of the Dove a shot because it actually has a decent plot, but I am just mystified by the Henry James revival. His characters are so emotionally constricted and warped that reading him is like climbing into the closet with him. It's an experience I encourage you to avoid.
See also:Henry James (3 books reviewed)
Library Journal: Top 150 of the Century
Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century
-etext: The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
-Henry James (1843-1916)(bio & biblio)
-Adrian Dover's Henry James Site
-Henry James: An American Master At Work
-Determining One's Fate: Henry James's Autobiography (Victoria Alexander)
-James, Henry - Heath Instructors Guide
-the Henry James scholar's Guide to Web Sites
-The Henry James Review (requires subscription)
-Henry James and the Atlantic Monthly (The Atlantic)
-ESSAY : The American Woman : What Henry James knew. (Lauren Weiner, Weekly Standard)
-REVIEW: of Henry James: A Life in Letters (New Statesman)
-Cher Maitre: The Other Sides of Henry James
-Library of America: Henry James (excerpts, reviews, notes, order)
-Etexts by Author: James, Henry, 1843-1916
-the Internet Public Library: Online Literary Criticism Collection: Henry James, Jr. (1843 - 1916)
-etext of: Henry James, Jr. by William Dean Howells