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Henry James

Henry James

Born 15 April 1843; Died 28 February 1916


Henry James as born in New York City into a wealthy, intellectually inclined family. His father, Henry James Sr., was interested in various religious and literary pursuits. In his youth James traveled with his family back and forth between Europe and America. He studied with tutors in Geneva, London, Paris and Bonn.

In all he wrote 22 novels, including two left unfinished at his death, and 112 tales of varying lengths, along with many plays and a large number of nonfiction essays and books.

After a brief attempt to live in Paris, James moved permanently to England in 1876. He settled first in a London apartment and then, from 1897 on, in Lamb House, in Rye, East Sussex. He revisited America on several occasions, most notably in 1904–05. The outbreak of World War I was a profound shock for James, and in 1915 he became a British citizen to declare his loyalty to his adopted country and to protest America's refusal to enter the war on behalf of Britain. James suffered a stroke in London on December 2, 1915 and died three months later.

Daisy Miller (1879), The Portrait of a Lady (1881), The Bostonians (1886) and The Ambassadors (1903)


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