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Novels, 1901-1902

James, Henry 1843-1916 (Author). Bersani, Leo (Added Author).

Summary: "This volume brings together The Sacred Fount (1901), one of Henry James's most unusual experiments, and The Wings of the Dove (1902), one of his most beloved masterpieces and the novel that inaugurated the majestic and intricate "late phase" of his literary career." "Writing to his friend William Dean Howells, James characterized The Sacred Fount, the only one of his novels to be told in the first person, as "a fine flight into the high fantastic." While traveling to the country house of Newmarch for a weekend party, the nameless narrator becomes obsessed with the idea that a person may become younger or cleverer by tapping the "sacred fount" of another person. Convinced that Grace Brissenden has become younger by drawing upon her husband, Guy, the narrator seeks to discover the source of the newfound wit of Gilbert Long, previously "a fine piece of human furniture." His perplexing and ambiguous quest, and the varying reactions it provokes from the other guests, calls into question the imaginative inquiry central to James's art of the novel." "James described the essential idea of The Wings of the Dove as "a young person conscious of a great capacity for life, but early stricken and doomed, condemned to die under short respite, while also enamoured of the world." The heroine, a wealthy young American heiress, Milly Theale (inspired by James's beloved cousin Minny Temple), is slowly drawn into a trap set for her by the English adventuress Kate Croy and her lover, the journalist Morton Densher. The unexpected outcome of their mercenary scheme provides the resolution to a tragic story of love and betrayal, innocence and experience that has long been acknowledged as one of James's supreme achievements as a novelist. This volume prints the New York Edition text of The Wings of the Dove, and includes the illuminating preface James wrote for that edition."--BOOK JACKET.

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  • ISBN: 193108288X (alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9781931082884 (alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: print
    713 p. ; 21 cm.
  • Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Library of America : Distributed to the trade in the U.S. by Penguin Putnam, c2006.

Contents / Notes

General Note: Edited by Leo Bersani.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 711-713).
Formatted Contents Note: The sacred fount -- The wings of the dove -- Chronology -- Note on the texts -- Notes.
Subject: Interpersonal relations Fiction
Triangles (Interpersonal relations) Fiction

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