The Ambassadors

The AmbassadorsLambert Strether, the needy editor of a little New England literary magazine, is sent to Paris by his patroness, wealthy Mrs Newsome His mission as ambassador or emissary for the Newsome family is to fetch the wayward heir Chad and return him to the USA to work in the family business Strether s presumed reward upon successful completion of his mission, would be marriage to his rich patroness During a stopover in England, Strether meets Maria Gostrey who acts as a guide for the innocent American about to confront the strange ways of Europe However, once in Paris other guides emerge, including Chad s expat artist friend, Little Bilham and a sophisticated French woman, Chad s mistress.Strether soon falls under the spell of Paris and his charming new companions In fact, Chad and company play Strether the way Heifetz played the violin, but Strether is a than willing victim As he says to Little Bilham, Live all you can it s a mistake not to Strether having failed in his mission, Mrs Newsome arrives with ambassadorial family in tow to ratchet up pressure on delinquent Chad.A masterpiece of James s late period, it s the sort of book readers either love or hate There s no middle ground with an uncompromising artist like Henry James SPOILER ALERT In the end, Chad decides to return to the USA and go into business What is it that convinces Chad to abandon Paris and all its culture, sophistication and old world charm The modern American art and science of advertising Priceless THE WOOLLETT MASS MYSTERY What do the Newsome s manufacture in Woollett Clue it s small, and no one seemed to want to say exactly what it was Many guesses as to the nature of this mysterious product have been made since the book was first published. The Ambassadors , by Henry JamesThis is Daisy Fuentes Miller, reporting to you live from the set of MTV s Real World Gay Paree Six strangers, from totally different backgrounds, thrown together, forced to live under the merciless glare of the Hankcam, which documents their every move for posterity Let s see what happens when the gloves come off, and things get real Strether Hi I m Strether I m engaged to Chad s mom She s pissed at him, and sent me over to bring him back to Connecticut to run the family business Paree sure seems like an awesome party town.Chad This is the Chadster I don t wanna go back to Connecticut I m dating this totally hot older lady Who s a countess She s been giving me some private life coaching lessons If you know what I mean.Countess allo Zis is Marie you can call me Countess Cougar Sacre bleu, but you American boys are fine Strether Damn, that countess is one hot MILF Chad no rush about going home We should just hang out here in Paris and par tay 6 weeks later Sarah This is Sarah, Chad s older sister What the f is going on here Strether, you ve been over six weeks already Mother sent me over She wants you both to haul ass back to Connecticut, pronto You can ignore my fat philistine slob of a husband, Jim He s only here to provide a cheap diversion as a lazy stereotype and adds nothing to the plot Chad Chill, sis This is my girlfriend Marie Ain t she smokin Did I mention she s a countess Sarah Filthy French slut Chad, Mother expects you to do your duty.Strether Dude, don t go It s a trap Sarah You be quiet And you can forget about marrying Mother Which means you ll die lonely and poor Strether Bite me Your mother always was one uptight bitch, anyway I ll just stay on here Maybe catch a little menage a trois action with Chad and the Countess Chad Not gonna happen, dude Sis, tell Mom to take the job and shove it I m having too much fun tapping aristocratic ass here in Paree Screw Connecticut.2 weeks later, Strether, alone in the confessional room So Sarah and Jim are on the way back home, with no hanging Chad My life is totally screwed up But at least I can be happy about getting Chad to do the right thing, to avoid the money trap, and to choose life 2 weeks later, Chad, alone in the confessional room, very drunk You know, I ve always thought that advertising was where the future is at And, there s no two ways about it, Marie s boobs have definitely been showing some major saggage Operator Get me the number for the Cunard line, please.Fade, to the sound of Strether whimpering pathetically, off camera Marie, of course, goes on to star in the breakout Bravo series, Real Housewives of the 4th arrondissment OK, I ll come clean and admit that I ve had a definite prejudice against Henry James for as long as I can remember But reading Colm Toibin s The Master last month made me think I should give him another try The Ambassadors certainly confirmed my belief in the brilliance of Toibin s accomplishment It also changed my opinion of James though I doubt I ll ever achieve fanboy status, it was a far interesting read than I had anticipated In The Master , Toibin gives us a portrait of James in mid career, focusing on the period between 1895 and 1900 It s eerily well done it s almost as if he were channeling the spirit of James Although Toibin is an avowed fan, his depiction of the author seems scrupulously honest and right on the mark The picture of Henry that emerges is not entirely flattering that of someone who is fascinated by the workings of the very privileged segment of society into which he was born, with a keen, almost obsessive, eye for the subtleties and complexities of the relationships among the various players, and the talent, determination and free time to document it in his writing Even if that came at a certain emotional cost In James s case, that cost appears to have been an inability or unwillingness to form truly deep emotional attachments There seems to have been a pattern of his withdrawing emotionally whenever another person threatened to come too close This was a man who lived far too much of his life in his own head.It shows in the writing, of course Every detail of every character s action, no matter how minor, is picked apart and analyzed Characters are presented as being engaged in endless analysis and speculation about how to interpret the actions and motives of others And if it takes a page and a half to pin down the precise nuance of A s reaction to a casual snub by B, then so be it James always assumes that the reader has both the time and interest to stay with him The odd thing is that, although this can be a little offputting at the beginning, ultimately it becomes kind of hypnotic He is so clearly fascinated by the inner world of his characters that he ultimately draws you in The plot of The Ambassadors is wafer thin But the author s focus on the psychology of his characters is so intense and so believable that one is motivated to keep on reading This was not a dull book.Much is made of Henry James s style, and I just don t get it This is a man who never met a subordinate clause he didn t like, with a definite preference for the baroque Hemingway he s not But his penchant for convoluted sentences means that he s not particularly easy to read On any given page, there is likely to be at least one sentence that you will have to read three times over, and still not be sure you understand what he was trying to say He has a way of nesting negative particles in his various subordinate clauses that is particularly evil I d find myself counting them on my fingers, trying to figure things out Stylistically, the writer he reminds me most of is Thomas Mann, who also had a penchant for long, complicated sentences At least James wasn t writing in German, so there is a limit to how convoluted things get Personally, I don t consider opacity to be a virtue YMMV A book that was far interesting than I had anticipated, and which definitely changed my mind about Henry James. Graham Greene And EM Forster Marvelled At It, But FR Leavis Considered It To Be Not Only Not One Of His Great Books, But To Be A Bad One As For The Author, He Held The Ambassadors As The Favorite Among All His NovelsSent From Massachusetts By The Formidable Mrs Newsome To Recall Her Son, Chad, From What She Assumes To Be A Corrupt Life In Paris, Strether Finds His Intentions Subtly And Profoundly Transformed As He Falls Under The Spell Of The City And Of His Charge He Is Quick To Perceive That Chad Has Been Not So Much Corrupted As Refined, And Over The Course Of The Hot Summer Months In Paris He Gradually Realizes That This Discovery And Acceptance Of Chad S Unconventional New Lifestyle Alter His Own Ideals And AmbitionsOne Of Henry James S Three Final Novels, All Of Which Have Sharply Divided Modern Critics, The Ambassadors Is The Finely Drawn Portrait Of A Man S Late Awakening To The Importance Of Morality That Is Founded Not On The Dictates Of Convention But On Its Value Per Se Henry James has taken circumlocution and obfuscation to new heights in this novel I don t often rate a book an ungenerous two stars, but this novel was in many ways an impossible book for me I appreciate the architecture of James s novel the beauty of Paris as a backdrop for temporarily exiled Americans to meet and discover, or not, the underlying theme knowing how to live But I never felt the intended drama, or the sudden discovery of self, partly because I nearly drowned in James s nebulous, impenetrable sentences which, while exuding a certain beauty, often defied understanding Lambert Strether goes to Paris on behalf of Mrs Newsome, who wants her son back in the fold in New England Strether finds Chad Newsome in Paris, and he is, they all say, an altered man He has discovered the moveable feast that the man of simpler prose called this great venue, and Strether feels a bit lost Until he begins to feel the pull of Paris as well, and of the women residing there This is basically the story Will Chad go back Will Strether What will Mrs Newsome do What about Madame de Vionnet, the older French temptress, and the exiled American, Miss Gostrey, who is clearly interested in Strether I value beautiful prose and don t always believe in the simplicity of language that writers like Hemingway and King, albeit very different writers, are proponents of However, there were convoluted sentences with embedded clauses, which had me going back to disentangle them to make any sense of the story The writing, at times, seemed willfully obscure Then there is the idiosyncratic placement of adverbs as well as an immense accumulation of adverbs, both in the novel as a whole and on sentence level, which I m sorry to say simply annoyed me To wit She immensely wants herself to see our friend s cousin that she would really perhaps after all have heard He had had, vaguely, his view of the probability of her wishing to set something right, to deal in some way with the fraud so lately practiced on his presumed credibility.He perceived soon enough at least that, however reasonable she might be, she wasn t vulgarly confused, and it herewith pressed upon him that their eminent lie , Chad s and hers, was simply after all such an inevitable tribute to good taste as he couldn t have wished them not to render.And conversations in which people said things likeIs she that deep Yes, I believe that she is On which someone typically ponders thus He thought about it serenely.Interestingly, the novel was Henry James s own favourite It is clearly the work of his mature period, and I can only say that I prefer him, then, at his immature This was the third time I approached the novel I had seen the mixed ratings among my GR friends from 2 to 5 stars but approached the novel, seeing as claimed on GR that Forster had appreciated it Well, someone has misread Forster In his Aspects of the Novel, Forster says of this novel that James pursued the narrow path of aesthetic beauty but at what sacrificeForster goes on to say that the characters are stingily constructed, show no carnality, have limited sensations and that James s rigid plotting shuts the doors on life This perhaps goes some way to explaining why I never felt the drama that the characters talk about Reading the novel was a stubborn struggle to me, and the only thing that comforted me in my inability to appreciate it was that a much missed friend here on GR, whose literary judgment I completely trusted and usually agreed with, had also rated it two stars I checked this when I began reading the novel the first time, at which time he was still here.So while I want to applaud James s total and utter disbelief in modern advice though Hemingway was around the corner to leave out anything superfluous and to deliberately go for the overwritten style, the story was lost to me in the fogs of oblique language rather than rendered crucial via clear and vibrant language But it is a preference, and as Zadie Smith writes in her chapter about Forster in her essay collection His own preference for simplicity he recognized for what it was, a preference, linked to a dream of mass connection. So I hope I do not deter anyone from reading this, but you might arm yourself with patience Nor am I done with Henry James, but it ll be his younger, briefer self I approach next time. It is important to remember that Henry James s later works his major phase are very much the roots of modern literature whatever that means , and should be read in the same way as Proust s A la recherche du temps perdu, Joyce s Ulysses, Woolf s The Waves and Mrs Dalloway which is to say slowly savored James himself was cognizant of this and admonished his readers to read only five pages a day a challenge which I found impossible, but rather read in small ish bits over each day In Barthes s The Pleasure of the Text he advises in reading modern texts as opposed to classical ones Read slowly, read all of a novel of Zola, and the book will drop from your hands read fast, in snatches, some modern text, and it becomes opaque, inaccessible to your pleasure you want something to happen and nothing does the interstice of bliss, occurs in the volume of languages, in the uttering, no tin the sequence of utterances not to devour, to gobble, but to graze, to browse scrupulously, to rediscover This is sound advise, suited perfectly to find pleasure in James s The Ambassadors the master s, and my own, favorite of his works There is a painstaking and almost painful subtlety to James s major phase which is canonized in the present work, The Wings of the Dove and The Golden Bowl , a subtlety which was growing in power in his Portrait of a Lady but is in full force in Ambassadors The sentences alone, little labyrinths, make the work difficult to read quickly, and foils any attempts to do so pleasurably The Ambassador is Lewis Lambert Strether, an American man from Woollett, a conventional but fictional Massachusetts town, where he is engaged to be married to the cold and absent figure, Mrs Newsome He is sent by Mrs Newsome to Paris to retrieve her son, Chad, and recruit him to take charge of the family s mysterious manufacturing concern the product is never mentioned outright, though it is alluded to as something insignificant but over which the Newsome s hold a monopoly When Strether arrives in Paris he sees that Chad is happily engaged in a romantic relationship with an older woman, Mme Vionnet.The character of Strether is really the height of James s art An art which usually centers on the innocence corruption of the female psyche, most famously Isabel Archer, Milly Theale, Kate Croy, Daisy Miller, Turn of the Screw s governess, etc In this work, James presents us, rather than a central heroine, a central man who is affected on all sides by a covey of women this approach is foreshadowed in James s treatment of Merton Densher in Wings of the Dove The three powerful women which both charm and control him are Maria Gostrey, Marie de Vionnet, and Mrs Newsome Strether s nuanced relationships with these women constitute the web and drama of James s masterpiece.Maria and Marie, two names very similar derived from the Virgin Mary , play diametrically opposite roles for Strether, though he is enchanted by both women To call Marie Mme de Vionnet the story s villain is to misread the novel, and would be much too explicit for a work by James she is the nuanced, subtle Mme Merle, a la The tension of the novel, is the tension between those who know and those who do not know namely Strether Mme de Vionnet is in the knowing camp, she deceives Strether and keeps him in the dark about the unvirtuous nature of her relationship with the young Chad She is certainly in love with Chad, or with her situation, and is passionately at odds with his returning to America But to paint her as a villain is too black a lacquer for her she opposes Strether, but she does so with something like love for Chad.Maria is Strether s confidant, and Strether s growing affection for her makes his ultimate return to Mrs Newsome that much poignant to the reader She represents the life that Strether could still have, as opposed to the one which he has now with Mrs Newsome, and even opposed to that which he had with his son and wife before the died She represents a freer life, one which has elements of European freedom of spirit, and also American values honesty, etc When reading The Ambassadors I can t help but sympathize accutely with Ms Gostrey She is the book s closest thing to a Jamesian heroine, and Strether represents as much a salvation to her as she does to him.The cold and absent shadow of Mrs Newsome is cast far over ever nook and crevice of the book Though she is 3,000 miles away in Woollett, her presence is felt in every motion and futile rebellion of Strether abroad While Mme de Vionnet deceives Strether, it is Mrs Newsome who controls him She is haunting figure, and one cannot help but see her as Strether s gaoler, imprisoning what is naturally a vibrant optimism and fullness of life, to the state of servant The whole of his life is given a thin veneer of meaning by his association with Mrs Newsome, but to that point, his life has no meaning for himselfHis name on the green cover, where he had put it for Mrs Newsome, expressed him doubtless just enough to make the world the world as distinguished, both for and for less, from Woollett ask who he was He had incurred the ridicule of having to have his explanation explained He was Lambert Strether because he was on the cover, whereas it should have been, for anything like glory, that he was on the cover because he was Lambert Strether.He values himself insofar as he is known for editting a small publication in Woollett a post which he has not earned through merit, but by his amorous association with Mrs Newsome Further, his errand for Mrs Newsome to Europe has the salty taste of a business transaction, even so when she sends her daughter to check on his progress and efforts Their relationship is so coldly economic, it is almost horrifying to imagine a man as potent and vibrant as Strether as seen in his speech to Little Bilham married to such a domineering woman, who treats Strether like an account to be settled rather than a fiance Though the story is relayed exclusively from Strethers point of view, Mrs Newsome is never referred to by her first name The petit mort of Portrait of a Lady, wherein Isabel returns to Osmond, is often rallied against, but the Strether s return to Mrs Newsome, to me, seems as horrible We may hate Osmond and Mme Merle for betraying Isabel s innocence, but she remains a strong figure we must hate with equal, or increased, vigor Mrs Newsome, who stifles the chance of happiness for Strether, which he is so expressly aware of, which he knows full well are within his grasp, which he urges upon Little Bilham, upon Chad. Catching up with the classics 20I am not a fan, but I WILL finishI hate this book I m never going to finish thisFor god sake I read this entire book with the main male character, Strether, making everything his business, for him only at the end to say that that none of it his his business WTH was this book about then, James You must have been paid by the prepositional phrase And had no editor to tell you that most of your novel was extraneous I finally threw up my hands when you wrote the want to want to conversation REALLY I took the time to read this and that is how it fucking ends Really, Strether What a dude I m sure Henry James is a genius and all, but untangling his prose is like trying to talk to a verbose, over educated person who s drunk off his ass but refuses to pass out For example, he might start off with The effect of the man s speech was as if he were a tippler who then meanders here, there, and over there to the other bar, and then wanders back toward you, but veering off at the last second, borrows several drinks by which I mean to imply words off surrounding tables by which I mean, words that ought to belong to other sentences entirely , and then, seeing the end of the sentence approaching which, by continuation of our metaphor, would be meant to suggest the end of the night, or bed, or the end of drinking festivities, which drunk would prefer at all accounts to avoid and so stalls to keep off at a distance , he throws any number of adverbs, barstools, prepositions, gerunds and the like in between himself and that end, and once you are fully convinced he has lost all sight of his aim in telling you the original anecdote he had introduced, he sometimes arrives back at that point, but other times, he does not, and if you were to map his meanderings, it would take a smarter person than most readers nowadays to derive any sense from it, and at that point, the other woman whirled right out of the room, and the first, though not affected by the same thing to the same degree of the latter, or rather, it was the same thing, but she did not derive from it the same intent, but was nevertheless affected in a different way of her own, said, My word, what a lot of but then hung fire.So, that s what reading The Ambassadors is like all the way through The other problem with the book is that it was written in a time when Americans had a hard time believing anybody on Earth was actually fucking, since nobody in America was The premise of the book is that the narrator has been sent to bring back his fianc s son, who is having an illicit affair with a married she s permanently separated from her abusive husband woman in Paris, but when he gets there, he really likes the woman and he really likes Paris, and he really likes the son than he did before, and so he decides the son might be better off there But he convinces himself somewhat that maybe the son s relationship with the married woman isn t technically sexual, and then spoiler alert at the end, he has this big realization when he can t pretend any that it isn t Except, being a modern young woman, I didn t get that AT ALL, and read the whole thing assuming that he knew they were a full fledged couple, but that he didn t, in these particular circumstances, think it was immoral So then, when his grand realization came, I was all, Oh, wait, hold on This was a thing Oh, I guess it was THE thing Where have I been JUST SAY WHAT YOU MEAN, HENRY JAMES Actually, this is a really hilarious novel when looked at in hindsight, but as you re thwacking through the jungle of it, it s pretty tiresome, and also, I think I am far too stupid to understand this book. I have been reading quite a bit of James Last year, I audio d The Bostonians and Washington Square I read The Aspen Papers, reread Beast in the Jungle, and read Turn of the Screw which I disliked found it excruciating And then this spring read a large collection of James stories ed Fadiman , then Wings of the Dove, and now The Ambassadors I love the late James Even though these books are long, and there is a certain degree of artificiality in the dialogue much worse in Dove much economical in The Ambassadors , these two late novels represent a form of psychological thriller, the patient unraveling, layer by layer, of the inner drives and narrative outcomes of some remarkably rich characters Kate Croy , Strether , Madame de Vionnet all remarkable, and none so than the latter two It is shocking to find James creating a female character that one actually has the hots for And Maria Gostrey is a close second And Strethers what a character HE is I am surprised at the ambivalence about this book It is an absolute masterpiece, in my opinion I found nothing flabby or any excess in Ambassadors while it is a slow and patient read it is nearly perfection.The one thing I would add that makes the Ambassadors a bit difficult is that it is NOT as Dorothea Krook correctly saw actually a tragedy as one expects from James It is utterly tragic AND utterly comic and it is not until the very end that one sees precisely how.I ll have to rest now from my James feast, and leave the Golden Bowl for a future repast, while I catch my breath. Lewis Lambert Strether,55, a prim widower, considers himself a failure, completely dependent on the kindness of wealthy widow, and still attractive, Mrs.Newsome, from fictional, Woollett, Massachusetts, his fiancee, for a living set circa 1900 , he s the editor of a small magazine review, that is financed by her, owner of a company that manufactures it is never said, in the novel Sent by Mrs Newsome thus the title , The Ambassadors, there will be others , to get her son, the immature Chad wick 28, living in Paris, for three years, back home and do his duty , run the family business, but there are complications, he is involved, his relatives believe, in a sordid affair, with a married woman, but quite a charming one, beautiful, Marie de Vionnet, 38, separated from her brute of a husband Mr.Stether, first lands in England, to meet his best friend, the laconic, Waymarsh, an American lawyer, who has made a great deal of money there, but does not like Europe and wants to go home He encounters too, bright, pretty, Maria Gostrey,35, another American, who skillfully guides tourist around the continent, she is very popular, they become very close, maybe romantically and Lambert confides in her, his many troubles Arriving in the French capital, our hero, looks around, meets all the important people he needs to, and strangely begins to change his views, becoming tolerant of different ways of living, the morality of Woollett, seems not to fit here, he starts to enjoy the magic of Paris, the great museums, impressive churches, renowned restaurants, fun cafes, the food, wines, the river Seine, slowing traveling through the metropolis, the many boats and people on them, the unhurried style of life, freedom is intoxicating, can this be wrong The remote Mrs.Newsome, is not happy, months have passed, no progress reported by Strether, she has her daughter Mrs Sarah Pocock, her husband, and his sister also, go help the unsuccessful Ambassador , talk to the reluctant Chad, this lady s brother, is made of sterner stuff than our friend, the gentle Lambert Slowly it dawns on the always too trusting gentleman, that some inhabitants are lying to Mr Lambert Strether, shocking him, it makes him think, has he, been a simpletonBesides our would be hero has to go back home to America, and face the music, his life will never be the sameThis novel will be enjoyed by fans of Henry James, the European and American differences, that the author writes about I being both, relish, but it can be difficult for others, his sentences run on, some much too long, and clarity is not his strength, yet the talent shows P.S my guess, and it s only mine, what Mrs Newsome makes, are clocks A gay friend of mine once put Henry James tendency to play hide and seek with the reader down to the same trait within himself with regards to his sexuality Apparently he was deeply suspicious of everything that gave him pleasure Nothing came to him simply And in this novel nothing comes to us simply either.I think it took me longer to read this than War and Peace And that s because virtually every sentence is like trying to figure out a rubic cube There s a moment when a character feels he is moving in a maze of mystic closed allusions I couldn t help wondering if Henry, not a renowned comedian, was having a laugh at the reader s expense because that s exactly what I felt as a reader during this novel There were times when I was reminded of Nabokov and especially Ada, another novel that only inches open its door by degrees when we knock So there s something very modern about The Ambassadors There s a character who says, Oh I don t think anything now That is but what I do think And this kind of mystification, these modifying clauses and sub clauses are a constant trait of this novel Every sentence is a maze it takes two readings to get out of It d be easy to certify this novel as insane, an over elaborate joke whose wit is lost on virtually everyone except the author, but once I managed to enter into its spirit of wilful obfuscation I began admiring it and Communication, after all, is one of the major stumbling blocks in our lives Every sentence delivered up to us contains numerous points of departure To understand what s communicated to us we simplify it and, as a result, often misrepresent it Rarely is communication straightforward We realise this most keenly when we are in love and find ourselves studying the words of the beloved with a metaphysical microscope In a sense every character in this novel has the keyed up sensibility of the lover, both wilfully deflecting and hungrily truth seeking The role of ambassador, like lover, is to mask the truth as often as to disclose it That said it baffled me when I read afterwards what Henry James thought was the defining passage of this book Live all you can it s a mistake not to It doesn t matter what you do in particular, so long as you have had your life If you haven t had that, what have you had Is this novel an exhortation to live life to the full I don t understand how any character who circles around an answer to a simple question for four paragraphs could be seen as living life to full In the time it takes the characters to arrive at any defining disclosure in this novel one could have caught the Eurostar to Paris and enjoyed lunch on the terrace of a brasserie At times it was like a literary version of Big Brother watching people who have nothing else to do but plot and unmask amorous or tactical alliances Answers to questions in this novel always give rise to questions No one in fact seems capable of ever delivering up a clear answer to any question There s one instance where a character answers a question by saying, Yes , and then adding as an afterthought, absolutely not Whatever anyone says is inevitably qualified, sometimes contradicted At the end of every page you can feel you re back at the beginning Strether on whom all this elaborate subterfuge is enacted does gain our sympathy because in essence his plight is that of all of us the struggle to make sense of the bigger picture with broken shards of incomplete information, like the archaeologist down in the trenches of a dig Interestingly James creates a world in which men are depicted as pawns for the queenly powers of women until the final stages of the game There s also a fantastic female villain who never once appears in the novel As usual the poor, the downtrodden have no existence whatsoever in Henry James novels An alien reading HJ might think all earthlings have unlimited leisure And there s a fabulous scene where Strether walks into the living reality of a painting he couldn t afford to buy when he admired it in a Boston art gallery This was one of the cleverest ways I ve ever come across of showing how a character has made strides during the course of a narrative There s no way on earth I d recommend The Ambassadors and yet ultimately I found it an enriching experience, especially in what it has to say about the nature of communication I also ultimately loved the war it wages on commercial fiction s tendency to encourage skim reading onto the next twist in the plot Just try skim reading this And of course James, again like Nabokov, can write a dazzling sentence

Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr., brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the

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