Letters from the Palazzo Barbaro

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Torstar Publications, 2000 - 222
Henry James (1843-1916) first came to Venice as a tourist, but was soon fascinated by the city, and particularly by the splendid gothic Palazzo Barbaro, situated on the Grand Canal, home of the expatriate American Curtis family. In the gilded and stuccoed salon of the palace, John Singer Sargent painted family portraits and Browning read his poems. James frequently returned to the palace to write, completing The Aspern Papers there. This selection of letters covers the period 1869-1907, and provides a unique record of the work of this great writer.

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Having just finished Colm Tóibín's novel about James, The Master, I determined to read some of James' work that I hadn't read before. So I was browsing at Powell's, and came across this little volume ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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Henry James, American novelist and literary critic, was born in 1843 in New York City. Psychologist-philosopher William James was his brother. By the age of 18, he had lived in France, England, Switzerland, Germany, and New England. In 1876, he moved to London, having decided to live abroad permanently. James was a prolific writer; his writings include 22 novels, 113 tales, 15 plays, approximately 10 books of criticism, and 7 travel books. His best-known works include Daisy Miller, The Turn of the Screw, The Portrait of a Lady, The Ambassadors, and The American Scene. His works of fiction are elegant and articulate looks at Victorian society; while primarily set in genteel society, James subtlely explores class issues, sexual repression, and psychological distress. Henry James died in 1916 in London. The James Memorial Stone in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey, commemorates him.

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