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James, Henry - Complete Stories 1892–1898


Henry James

Complete Stories 1892–1898

 
"An unexpected strain of recklessness, abandon and apprehension runs under the staid expanse of James's prose, providing the sort of thrilling tensions and dangers-beyond taste, beyond vanity-that we find completely necessary and satisfying about the most thoughtful, the most provocatively human works of literature."
—The Commercial Appeal
 
 

This Library of America volume is one of five that make available for the first time in new, complete, and authoritative editions the astonishing abundance of invention and unwavering intensity of the aesthetic vision of Henry James as displayed in more than one hundred world-famous stories ranging from brief anecdotes to richly developed novellas.

Equally adept at ironic comedy, muted tragedy, and supernatural fantasy, at lively social satire and nuanced portraiture, James in his shorter works explores a staggering variety of situations and emotions. Here are courtships and legacies; the worlds of literature, theatre, and the popular press; the paradoxes of temperament and the constraints of custom; the clash of conscience and desire. Stylistically, the stories allowed James to experiment with tones and devices quite different from his novels—dramatic plot twists and surprise endings, swift pacing and ebullient humor. The brilliance of his technical command allowed him to transform the tiniest of suggestions—a fleetingly observed gesture, an anecdote dropped at a dinner party—into fiction remarkable for its lambent surfaces and intricate psychological counterpoint.

The twenty-one stories in this volume represent James at the peak of his storytelling powers. Among them are "The Turn of the Screw," one of his most popular works, and a terrifying exercise in psychological horror centering on the corruption of childhood innocence; "The Real Thing," a playful consideration of the illusion of art and the paradoxes of authenticity; "The Figure in the Carpet," "The Death of the Lion," and "The Middle Years," three very different expositions of the mysteries of authorship, embodying some of James's most profound insights into the nature of his own art; "The Altar of the Dead," a somber, ultimately wrenching meditation on the relation of the living to the dead; and "In the Cage," an extended evocation of the inner life of a young woman trapped in a dehumanizing job at a postal-and-telegraph office.

John Hollander and David Bromwich, volume editors, are Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut and Sterling Professor at Yale University, respectively. Mr. Hollander is a 1990 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Mr. Bromwich is the author of Politics by Other Means: Higher Education and Group Thinking.

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Also by Henry James:
Collected Travel Writings: Great Britain and America
Collected Travel Writings: The Continent
Complete Stories 1864–1874
Complete Stories 1874–1884
Complete Stories 1884–1891
Complete Stories 1898–1910
Literary Criticism: Volume One: Essays on Literature, American Writers & English Writers
Literary Criticism: Volume Two: French Writers, Other European Writers, The Prefaces to the New York Edition
Novels 1871–1880
Novels 1881–1886
Novels 1886–1890
Novels 1896–1899
Novels 1901–1902
Novels 1903–1911

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