- Henry James (Critical Survey of Drama, Second Revised Edition)
- Henry James (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
- Henry James (Dictionary of World Biography: The 19th Century)
- Henry James (Identities & Issues in Literature)
- Henry James (Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition)
- Henry James (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
At a glance:
- Author: Henry James
- First Published: 1876
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Psychological realism
- Setting: Rome, Florence, and Switzerland
- Characters: Roderick Hudson, Rowland Mallet, Mrs. Light, Christina Light, The Cavaliere Giacosa, Prince Casamassima, Sam Singleton, Hudson, Mary Garland
- Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Gambling, Nineteenth century, Art or artists, Marriage, Beauty, Obsession, Ethics, Italy or Italians, Sculpting or sculptors, Switzerland or Swiss people, Rome, Debtors or creditors
- Locales: Europe, United States, Florence, Italy, Rome, Italy, Italy, Switzerland, North America, Northampton, Massachusetts
Rowland Mallet, expecting to sail for Europe in September, visits his cousin Cecilia in Northampton, Massachusetts. He is an idle bachelor, having inherited money, and he feels that he is leading a useless life. Having a passion for art, he is interested to learn of a young sculptor who lives in the town, Roderick Hudson. On meeting the intense, impetuous Roderick and seeing proof of his talent, Rowland offers to subsidize the young artist for a period of study in Rome and gains the assent of Roderick’s widowed mother. At a farewell picnic, Rowland has a last talk...
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