Henry James Essay - Henry James Long Fiction Analysis

Henry James Long Fiction Analysis

Henry James’s distinctive contributions to the art of the novel were developed over a long career of some fifty years. Leon Edel, possibly the most renowned and respected James scholar, has indicated that James’s mature writing can be divided into three periods (with three subdivisions in the middle phase). Through the publication of The Portrait of a Lady, in 1880-1881, James was chiefly interested in the now famous “international theme,” the learning experiences and conflicts of Americans in Europe and Europeans in America (the former situation being by far the more frequent). This first period is represented by Roderick Hudson, The American, Daisy Miller, and The Portrait of a...

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